anyone know about WiFi adapter?

A friend of my sister is in an Assisted Living Facility, and the only Internet they are given access to is the “public” one for the complex.
Which of course is used by “everyone”, and may not even required a password to get in.

She is “paranoid” (and rightfully so) and wondered if this device would provide the level of privacy one could expect from an at home Lan/Wan setup?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PB1X4CN/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_tai_wk2lDb

And since it is a USB device… I guess that means it supercedes the WifI transmitter internal to the computer

This is for a WIndows Laptop, not sure of brand or model

What about thr VPN built in Opera ? (for free).

[quote=445615:@Dave S]She is “paranoid” (and rightfully so) and wondered if this device would provide the level of privacy one could expect from an at home Lan/Wan setup? …
And since it is a USB device… I guess that means it supercedes the WifI transmitter internal to the computer[/quote]

All that will do is provide another wifi adapter to a system without a working adapter, or whose adapter is lower specs. For example, it may be a decent way to get 802.11ac or 5GHz bands on a device old enough to not support it.

And while it should be compatible with a home LAN/WAN setup and better encryption, what an adapter negotiates is dependent on what the access point is offering. If that access point is not WPA2 security, this (or any) adapter will happily connect unencrypted.

So the answer is no (as I interpret the question).

Over an unencrypted wifi connection, you would need to be connecting via a VPN.

Short answer, no, it wont improve her privacy, but privacy is an illusion anyway.

Grab a 30 day free demo of https://nordvpn.com/ and see how they get on. If they like it and grab a 3 year deal and it can end up around $2-3/month, budget depending of course.

Failing that, if a friend is willing to hand over some spare bandwidth at home/work, a vpn could be set up for free via that connection, but then the privacy just moves from the housing association to that house/site.

Thanks

I can suggest NordVPN, works very well.

Maybe she got confused by the last picture, Advanced Security with WPA/WPA2, but, that is the same standard protocol that the internal WifI transmitter in the computer had for almost a decade. Using HTTPS pages should be fine in that network, for other uses, a VPN

I think the issue here is the primary network it will be connected to is open and not WPA/WPA2, so whether or not the internal or an external adapter is used won’t impact security or lack thereof. AFAIK, the best way to address that is a VPN, in which case you may as well still use the internal adapter.

thanks. but since she is 75 and in an assisted living facility, I doubt she (or my sister) have the tech expertise to install, configure and maintain a VPN

The HTTPS Everywhere extension in Chrome can help by redirecting requests from http to https when available. It’s a total solution, but a good first step that requires very little effort.

again… she is not going to be able to figure that out…

sorry I broached the subject… but thanks

Well I meant to say NOT a total solution anyway. But no, you’re not going to find a zero effort solution.

and there in lies the problem… there is really nobody with the ability to apply a “technical” situation… had hoped that adapter would have been “plug-n-play”

And before anyone brings its up… I have no idea who this person is, other than a friend of my sister… nor do I even know what part of the world she is in… So no, I’m not able to directly help

In the first answer to this question, I said: “use the free VPN built in Opera”.

May I had that a single switch set to Yes in the Preferences is enough ?