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RE: How do I stay internet safe when travelling?

Or to put it another way, You DON'T have a certified example of a person who got their bank account hacked because they were using public wifi. I have examples, but I cannot find the Internet example certification authority.OK, then how about any example that is corroborated by anything other than "a friend of a friend" said their bank account was compromised because they were using public wifi while connected to their bank's https website.
westernrvparkowner 05/24/16 07:03pm Technology Corner
RE: How do I stay internet safe when travelling?

Unfortunately there are a lot of opinions on this topic and not a lot of expert advice. As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), I can say, the best advice posted so far is buy a MIFI hotspot and do not use public WIFI for anything sensitive like banking. Unfortunately where opinion seems to get in the way of reality is regarding advice on WHEN public WIFI can be safe. Public WIFI can NEVER be trusted to do sensitive things like banking. The problem with public WIFI is that you can never be sure that the Starbucks WIFI that your phone sees is truly put up by Starbucks even when you are parked outside Starbucks. I can easily create a WIFI network called Starbucks and then I can watch every packet of data pass thru my "fake" Starbucks network on its way to the bank. HTTPS will not even protect you as it is easy to generate a fake Certificate and most users do not realize that a certificate does two things, one is to encrypt the data and the other is to prove the owner. Most users would never know that they are getting a fake certificate from a fake Starbucks network and that their data is being decrypted, thus being able to steal their password and then re-encrypting it and forwarding it on to the proper destination (your bank). Yes it is unlikely to happen to you, but it is easy to do, high school kid easy. Do you want to risk someone getting your banking information or other sensitive info and putting a mortgage on your home and then transferring the money to the Grand Caymans? Don't ever risk using public WIFI for anything sensitive without using a VPN to secure your traffic, it is just not worth the risk to be "that guy" who got hacked. I did a write up on my blog on Internet Safety while RVing. Part 3 addresses WIFI security and Part 4 addresses VPN's. Link Post some real life PROOF of REAL folks who have been CERTIFIED BY A THIRD PARTY that they got hacked by using a public wifi.. Many people YACK that it is not safe, but yet they (and you) offer no real life CERTIFIED EXAMPLES as proof. Is it possible? Sure, but in real life, since you are an "expert" on the subject you should be able to offer real examples and even numbers on how many have been hacked.. I would bet, that if you could even offer proof, most of those folks would have already been hacked via Malware BEFORE hopping on a free wifi.. OK I will take the troll bait. Normally if you go to your Doctor and he tells you that you have cancer, you assume that he is the expert and take his expert opinion in making future decisions, you may ask for a second opinion to be sure. In the legal world people bring experts to court, not so they can teach the judge and jury how to be an expert in their field or to bore them with case studies to prove the causal link of something, the expert simply proves they are an expert in the field and the court will take their testimony as expert fact. For this reason if you would like to contact a Mod and ask them to PM me I would be glad to provide (privately) proof of my (I guess it was your comment) "expertise". I would also gladly accept any expert opinion you can bring forth to refute anything I have said. However just as your Doctor or Lawyer would laugh you out of their office if you asked for certified proof, I am bound by both moral and professional obligations along with privacy laws that do not allow to discuss any examples I may or may not be aware of or involved in. I am however not interested in trying to change any opinion, we are all entitled to our opinion, but as the OP asked for advice, this is mine. I suggest if anyone wants to learn more of the risks of public WIFI, I would open up google and search "man in the middle attack" you will find more than enough proof. With that said, the best way to be safe on the internet is to not be the low hanging fruit, the low hanging fruit always get picked first. Just because you don't think you have been hacked today does not mean you have not been hacked thru your healthcare insurance provider, Home Depot, Target, LinkedIn, Evernote etc... It also does not mean you will not be hacked later. Why hope for the best when a little amount of protection can go a long way to helping prevent it one day? Public WIFI is the low hanging fruit, and if you think RV'rs are safe, think about this for a moment... In Florida, Arizona, and Texas in the winter, RV parks are filled with hundreds of thousands of retired, possibly less tech savvy home owners with their mortgage paid off all crammed together in small RV parks not much bigger than a Walmart parking lot. In each park that is hundreds or thousands of middle class computer users in easy range of a single hacker, that is what I call low hanging fruit. The banks may be somewhat safe as they have a team of IT security people, but an RV park in the south in winter would be the first place I would go as opposed to a Starbucks or McDonalds to harvest huge amounts of credentials from lots of people who have enough money to have paid off their house, have credit cards and lines of credit, and own several iPhones, iPads and Laptops and use them regularly on public WIFI to do their banking, Facebook etc all with the same password, so all I need to do is get their password off of one less secure site to get access to everything, all because they think they will never get hacked in an RV park!Or to put it another way, You DON'T have a certified example of a person who got their bank account hacked because they were using public wifi.
westernrvparkowner 05/24/16 09:31am Technology Corner
RE: Totaled Truck...CARFAX

When you say totaled, hopefully DMV will show salvage on the documentation. I agree with you, but unless there's a national law or a law in that state, I doubt the insurance companies are going to take the time to notify DMV. And I doubt the DMV really goes looking for the extra work. BillDMV and "looking for work" in the same sentence. Now that's something you don't see very often.
westernrvparkowner 05/21/16 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Summer RVing

check out the Island Park, ID area. in particular, the Valley View RV park at Henry's Lake. It isn't fancy, but it's clean and has a GREAT view and is well located.There are thousands of nice parks in higher elevations. But, the OP was looking for a park with snowbird-type amenities and activities. There are no parks I Know of, (except maybe the Polson Motorcoach & RV resort in Polson, Montana) that are those type of parks in the mountain west.
westernrvparkowner 05/21/16 12:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Summer RVing

Summer is family vacation season. There will be very few parks that are older adult oriented and set up like the snowbird parks. There are some high end ownership parks in Michigan and in the Northwestern Coastal area that would be similar to some of the snowbird parks. Most all the other parks are going to be either overnight parks, parks in destination locations serving the two week and less guest or seasonal parks where there will be lots of family traffic.
westernrvparkowner 05/21/16 09:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Prevost engine swap possible?

With a big enough hammer, all things are possible.
westernrvparkowner 05/21/16 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I stay internet safe when travelling?

Unfortunately there are a lot of opinions on this topic and not a lot of expert advice. As a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), I can say, the best advice posted so far is buy a MIFI hotspot and do not use public WIFI for anything sensitive like banking. Unfortunately where opinion seems to get in the way of reality is regarding advice on WHEN public WIFI can be safe. Public WIFI can NEVER be trusted to do sensitive things like banking. The problem with public WIFI is that you can never be sure that the Starbucks WIFI that your phone sees is truly put up by Starbucks even when you are parked outside Starbucks. I can easily create a WIFI network called Starbucks and then I can watch every packet of data pass thru my "fake" Starbucks network on its way to the bank. HTTPS will not even protect you as it is easy to generate a fake Certificate and most users do not realize that a certificate does two things, one is to encrypt the data and the other is to prove the owner. Most users would never know that they are getting a fake certificate from a fake Starbucks network and that their data is being decrypted, thus being able to steal their password and then re-encrypting it and forwarding it on to the proper destination (your bank). Yes it is unlikely to happen to you, but it is easy to do, high school kid easy. Do you want to risk someone getting your banking information or other sensitive info and putting a mortgage on your home and then transferring the money to the Grand Caymans? Don't ever risk using public WIFI for anything sensitive without using a VPN to secure your traffic, it is just not worth the risk to be "that guy" who got hacked. I did a write up on my blog on Internet Safety while RVing. Part 3 addresses WIFI security and Part 4 addresses VPN's. Link Post some real life PROOF of REAL folks who have been CERTIFIED BY A THIRD PARTY that they got hacked by using a public wifi.. Many people YACK that it is not safe, but yet they (and you) offer no real life CERTIFIED EXAMPLES as proof. Is it possible? Sure, but in real life, since you are an "expert" on the subject you should be able to offer real examples and even numbers on how many have been hacked.. I would bet, that if you could even offer proof, most of those folks would have already been hacked via Malware BEFORE hopping on a free wifi..YES, someone who actually understands the difference between theoretical threats and actual threats. No one is outside the Burger King in Pratt, Kansas sifting through millions of peoples photos of their grandkids looking for account numbers and passwords to bank accounts that might contain a few hundred or thousands of dollars. Even if the theoretical worst happens and your account is drained, the bank is going to refund your money because your money is safe from theft when it is in an FDIC insured bank. No different than if someone stole a check from your checkbook and cashed it at the Kwiki Mart. It might be a hassle and take some paperwork, but your money is safe. Now if you have 7 Billion in a numbered account in the Cayman Islands that is a branch of the Bank of Zimbabwe and your account is hacked while you are trying to make a transfer to avoid having your account disclosed in the Panama Papers scandal and the money ends up in an account in North Korea, all bets are off.
westernrvparkowner 05/21/16 09:00am Technology Corner
RE: Time Fur a Poll: Re. RV Parks

Yes, taxes can be a mess ... and hardly cheap. Basically, it boils down to local communities charging taxes above and beyond the state sales taxes. In crude terms, it means that the locals are financing their public facilities on the backs of the visitors -- who may or may not ever use those facilities. :( LynnYes, that is the exact purpose of taxes. I may never use the local ambulance service. My house may never catch on fire and need the fire department. There are roads in town I will never drive on. I won't ever play basketball on the local playground. I don't have kids, so I have no use for the schools. Yet, I pay taxes for all those things. And that is only at the local level. Then you repeat the process at the county, state and federal levels. It is the way things work.
westernrvparkowner 05/18/16 08:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: Lyndhurst, NJ- Paranoid locals call Homeland Security on RV!

I really don't believe the situation unfolded as the OP described either. However, I did read the OPs previous posts and in the one month they have been a member they have posted a pretty high number of posts about how they never stay in RV parks, preferring to stay in both rural and urban areas (stealth camping) and how to protect yourself with various weapons including firearms. Now distill that down and you get some guy parking in neighborhoods with numerous weapons. That would elicit complaints and law enforcement responses in most communities. And campers parked midday in city community parks (playgrounds, sports courts, dog park etc.) reek of pedophiles and Buffalo Bob types.
westernrvparkowner 05/17/16 07:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Am I the only one bothered by a pet charge at RV parks?

Just musing here. I think what BOTH sides (RVers and park owners) have to come to terms with is that a "one-size-fits-all" approach no longer works. With the plethora of RVs now available and the myriad of different types of those who participate I think it's time that a different way of charging might be in order. Do I have the solution to what it should be? No. But I have no issue with a base rate plus a charge for certain elements such as kids, dogs, use of ACs or whatever. I know some get peeved at being nickeled and dimed to death but some also get peeved at paying for things they don't use. I have only one child but always paid the family rate which usually includes two kids. Maybe I have too many other things to concern myself with other than a few bucks on a campsite. Actually, I can think of five RV parks that have closed due to excessive fees. What's your basis for this statement? Conjecture or proof? That campgrounds we used to visit on a somewhat regular basis suddenly raised their daily, weekly rates and began charging for each pet, cable television, each extra person (over 3 or 4), 50 amp, WIFI, pull throughs (even when all back-ins were in use), use of A/C, electric heaters, and one place wanted extra $ for use of a picnic table. We aren't fans of, in your words, being nickled and dimed.Have those parks subsequently closed? I doubt it. What has happened in they have adopted business models that no longer meet your needs and you are no longer their target customer. And of course they have raised their rates, just like over the years you have seen the cost of most everything rise and also probably have seen your wages increase as well. Why would RV parks be exempt from raising rates? If you quit patronizing every business that has raised their prices over the years, you are quickly going to run out of places to patronize. Hasn't happened yet. I understand the need to raise camping fees from time to time but not to split off what were inclusive fees and begin to tack on additional add on fees. Many businesses, not just campgrounds, go out of bussiness when they price themselves out of business. For the five we know about it wasn't just our business they lost but many others bailed out as well. Should we ever run out of places to patronize we'll adjust and overcome to find places that do meet our needs. Is your yard available to rent?Still waiting for some examples of those campgrounds that have priced themselves out of business. Businesses close all the time and I doubt you have insight into why they actually closed. Businesses lose customers all the time and seldom is that due exclusively to pricing. Doubt you would want to RV in my yard, since my yard is part of my RV park and I get a premium price because I offer premium services and amenities. And yes, I do have some add on fees on top of that premium price. (though not yet a pet fee)
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 09:54pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Well, I've always felt like there's always at least one jackass in every crowd. Guess we just found the RV.NET one. Mike Well there is that, and the fact that his last post is pretty much unintelligible blather.Mixing drugs and alcohol is the recipe for unintelligible blather.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 08:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Am I the only one bothered by a pet charge at RV parks?

Just musing here. I think what BOTH sides (RVers and park owners) have to come to terms with is that a "one-size-fits-all" approach no longer works. With the plethora of RVs now available and the myriad of different types of those who participate I think it's time that a different way of charging might be in order. Do I have the solution to what it should be? No. But I have no issue with a base rate plus a charge for certain elements such as kids, dogs, use of ACs or whatever. I know some get peeved at being nickeled and dimed to death but some also get peeved at paying for things they don't use. I have only one child but always paid the family rate which usually includes two kids. Maybe I have too many other things to concern myself with other than a few bucks on a campsite. Actually, I can think of five RV parks that have closed due to excessive fees. What's your basis for this statement? Conjecture or proof? That campgrounds we used to visit on a somewhat regular basis suddenly raised their daily, weekly rates and began charging for each pet, cable television, each extra person (over 3 or 4), 50 amp, WIFI, pull throughs (even when all back-ins were in use), use of A/C, electric heaters, and one place wanted extra $ for use of a picnic table. We aren't fans of, in your words, being nickled and dimed.Have those parks subsequently closed? I doubt it. What has happened in they have adopted business models that no longer meet your needs and you are no longer their target customer. And of course they have raised their rates, just like over the years you have seen the cost of most everything rise and also probably have seen your wages increase as well. Why would RV parks be exempt from raising rates? If you quit patronizing every business that has raised their prices over the years, you are quickly going to run out of places to patronize.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 08:53pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Am I the only one bothered by a pet charge at RV parks?

Just musing here. I think what BOTH sides (RVers and park owners) have to come to terms with is that a "one-size-fits-all" approach no longer works. With the plethora of RVs now available and the myriad of different types of those who participate I think it's time that a different way of charging might be in order. Do I have the solution to what it should be? No. But I have no issue with a base rate plus a charge for certain elements such as kids, dogs, use of ACs or whatever. I know some get peeved at being nickeled and dimed to death but some also get peeved at paying for things they don't use. I have only one child but always paid the family rate which usually includes two kids. Maybe I have too many other things to concern myself with other than a few bucks on a campsite. Actually, I can think of five RV parks that have closed due to excessive fees. What's your basis for this statement? Conjecture or proof?And those parks would be? And the documentation they closed because the sites were too high priced can be found where? Parks close all the time. Sometimes, the market has changed and there are no longer enough customers. Sometimes they can't compete with the other parks in the area. Some have been regulated out of business. Sometimes the reason is they are being converted to other usage, but I haven't heard of any that closed because the site rates were too high. (well I do know of one that tried to do the lot sale thing and that fell flat on it's face because there were no buyers for the lots, but I don't consider that a failure due to high rates, that's failing to have a viable business plan.)
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 07:25pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Am I the only one bothered by a pet charge at RV parks?

Since we always make reservations we check that there are no pet fees. If there are fees we thank them, hang up, and mark them off our list. Their rules but my money.Yet there is not a string of bankrupt RV parks in your wake. We know and expect that people will choose to stay elsewhere for one reason or another. As I have said many times before, attempting to please everyone is a great way to please no one.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 05:12pm RV Pet Stop
RE: How is Southeast Financial?

I would add a note to that. There are over 1000 ways to figure interest. I don't go by the rate but the monthly payment. I tell them the size of the loan and the term. I get a monthly payment that I can compare to another monthly payment. Many times you will find the lower rate has a higher payment. It's all in how the interest is figured.Bunch of hooey. Federal law REQUIRES disclosure of the terms of any loan, and that includes the interest rate. Borrowing money is pretty much a commodity based exercise. Only things like late payment penalties, early termination charges and the like vary from lender to lender. Unless they use a guy name "Knee Smasher Sal" to collect late payments, you go with the best interest rate, the lender really doesn't make a difference.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 04:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: No AC allowed?

Obvious there are major electrical supply issues with that park. Could be the park's electrical system is poor engineered, or it could be they cannot adequate supply from their electrical company. Either way, I wouldn't be staying there. Way too much chance there will be low voltage issues that will cause damage to some electrical components in your rv. Especially the A/C system. Heaters, no really a problem with damage, but low voltage will increase the amperage draw on the circuit, so you will probably start tripping breakers. Curious as to how their pricing compares to other parks in the area. Are they a whole bunch cheaper, which would at least be semi-fair or are they just trying to soak the suckers. This a quite an assumption. Why this assumption may be true, another real possibility is the park attempting to lower their costs by lowering their electric bill. There is no way know the real reason for the rule.Sorry, but having that policy because they are trying to control costs is about as likely as finding a water supply labeled "Non potable water Do Not Drink" because they are trying to hold down water usage. They will obviously lose more business with their current policy than they would by raising the rates a couple of bucks a night to cover any increased costs. They have a supply or distribution problem.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 03:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Am I the only one bothered by a pet charge at RV parks?

Agree 100%. I have never been to an RV park or similar establishment where there was ever any dog poo left on the ground. Every RVer cleans up after their pets and they always have their own poo bags. Those same dogs are also always friendly, never bark, always stay in their own sites, so there is really no need for a leash. All pet rules and policies are actually ridiculous on face value. They are just another way the mean and greedy park owner gets into your business and wallet.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 03:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

To try to get us back on track: As I have said before in response to other questions about why a campground does this or that: There are MANY design features built into campgrounds that are meant to influence how people use them, without having to post signs everywhere that say don't do this or don't do that. Both public and private campgrounds have been at the business of managing campgrounds for 60-70 years or more and they've learned a thing or two. While having no threads on the end of a rinse hose may have occurred because someone drove over it an flattened the thread, it may also have been removed to quicken the time through the dump station and lessen the waiting time for others in line.Thank you for some common sense. Here is one actual other reason. In Montana, state law requires that a hose be available to rinse down the dump station pad. That water line MUST be labeled "Non Potable" and is actually required to be constructed so that it cannot be threaded onto a fresh water fill. That is why the hose is often short (won't reach the non-pressure fill port) and why the end is cut off. Yet another reason is if the end is cut off, it is a less attractive item for a person to "inadvertently" add to their RV's inventory. When we were in the dump station business, we finally quit having fresh water fill hoses available because they developed "legs". If someone wanted to fill their tanks, they had to use their own hose. No one ever took off with the 6 foot long, end cut off, pad rinse hose.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 03:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Hey all this has been fun!! I actually got a few chuckles out of it,, Bu you can now all resume the bickering about nothing!! Life is real,, Now I gotta head off to the DMV and renew my license, yep, two written tests, a thumb print,another eye exam, a random check of my records (DL170 driving instructor) and a pee test!! All so that I can teach some one to haul 75 (combination) feet of rig at 80,000 lbs. But hey you all keep worrying about how long I take to unload! Good day!!Wonder how all his trucker students would feel about him telling RVers it would be OK to linger in the Truck island Fuel Lines taking their sweet, merry time shopping for some slim jims while the trucks backed up behind them? After all, that RVer is buying fuel, so he has the right to block that pump until he is good and ready to go.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 03:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Dump stations are for dumping your tank, not flushing it. I would never sit there flushing if someone's waiting behind me. But I have if there's no one waiting. If you want to flush your tank go get a FHU site. There you can flush to your hearts content! I guess I wear a different set of rose colored glasses. My view is,, If its a free dump site why get upset with me if I flush? Its FREE doesn't cost you nothing,,Relax! I usually dump on my way OUT, leaving,going home, Not in a hurry to get there! If you would have left early enough you wouldn't be in such a rush! If its a Pay to dump, then I am paying for it I am gonna flush using their water and facility,I paid for it I am gonna use it! Besides most places don't have set time limits for dumping, only time limit I know of is, the minute you swipe your card it gives you five minutes to open the sewer lid, So,, I'll pull up, hook up the whizzing tornado black tank rinse,let 'er flow, get my dump hose laid out, hook up to trailer then fetch my wallet and get the CC out. That should have agitated the black enough to get a good first dump out. Have only been to one place that you gotta pay for water and dump all in one,,and they give you twenty minutes to complete your mission! If I swipe my card and pay, you better believe I am taking the 20 minutes! Even if I gotta wash the trailer down I'm going to use my money accordingly! If there is a line behind me,,oh well,, should have gotten there earlier. As i said before,, maybe its the relaxed attitude of this side of the nation,, but I have not yet had an upset dumper waiting on me! There's plenty to do on your phone or I pad or what ever to get pushy about it! Take a deep breath (upwind) and R E L A X!!Thank you for your well reasoned argument. I am going to bookmark it and show it to the people who complain we no longer offer a public dump. You make a much better case for closing our dump stations than we did. Well thats good business, close it because people use it! Did you charge or was it free? If you charged whats the issue? Didn't you do a time/cost/water usage/cost etc? if it was free and actually added into the cost of using your camp site your only cutting of your nose despite your face! On the flip side of your decision to make it unappealing to camp there,, the people that do show up won't complain about it being crowded, Hopefully you actually have something to offer as in scenery,local attractions to make up for the loss of conveniences. You should look into not providing any other services other than dry camping,, because,,,OMG if people actually use it we'll go out of business!! Glad I can help you make dumb decisions!! If you would like,, post the name and location of your camp ground or RV village and I will be glad to let ALL of my friends and fellows camper know where to Never spend their money!!My parks are all 100% full hookups. My guests neither need nor use a dump station. The only reason I ever had dump stations were as a courtesy to the people who use the multiple public campgrounds in my area that do not have dumping facilities. The dumps never made any money and were probably a net operating loss. But it wasn't the financial considerations that led to us closing them, it was the discourteous people who felt paying a $10.00 dump fee entitled them to abuse the facilities. And in the unlikely event your post isn't just a blatant troll, we can safely say those discourteous people haven't gone away. And with your attitude, even if I never see a penny from a single one of your "friends", I don't think I will miss any business because I suspect Captain Hook could count them on his fingers, with a few fingers to spare.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/16 12:15pm Beginning RVing
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