Karma Wifi Hotspot review: Feel good about sharing your connection

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My question, finally
Just know that everyone who connects to your Go will need to create their own account and use their own data. Outside of work Eugene enjoys TV, loud music, and making generally healthy and responsible life choices. Here was their response: Unfortunately, even with all this free data floating about, Karma probably isn't a very good value for most people. Log in or Sign up. I also have reservations about the security risks involved when connecting to an always-open Wi-Fi network, and I would bet that most users would not take the necessary steps to protect themselves.

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How does Karma's open WiFi network successfully protect its users? Foreword This question has a lot of build-up, so please scroll down to the bottom if you just want to see the question. Here was their response: Basically, they claim that this strategy works because of two reasons the second point is one I thought of myself as a direct consequence of the first: I developed a hypothesis that either they're: Doing horribly insecure MAC whitelisting, and their email reply to me is complete nonsense.

I used VMware Workstation And here's what I got: Get the MAC of the dongle: Put it into the VM: My question, finally So it appears that this service is vulnerable to MAC spoofing. More evidence of bad security This reads more like a blog post than an actual question.

I can't understand why everyone gets this open WIFI authentication wrong even though it's a solved problem - serve two networks, one unencrypted that redirects to an HTTPS registration page, and a second, EAP-secured one that requires the credentials obtained during registration. An added bonus is that they don't have to suffer through the captive portal nonsense as their device can remember EAP credentials.

About trying to solve your problem, have you tried just opening this horrible piece of hardware, taking the SIM card out and putting it in a 3G network card?

I wouldn't be surprised if they did IMEI whitelisting so this wouldn't be possible but it's still worth a try. In particular, Windows 7 and prior versions refuse to accept the RADIUS certificate unless they're pre-configured to accept or ignore it, before you ever connect.

This isn't really an issue with Windows 8 and later, but there's still a lot of Windows 7, and even some Vista and XP out there. MichaelHampton but since we have the unencrypted network serving the certificate, users could download it from there and import it. This doesn't protect against MITM but at the very least makes it way more difficult than an unencrypted network. But this will get even better once Hotspot 2.

Since this review was written, Karma has added a new "Auto-Refill" option for its data. When activated, your hotspot will automatically top up a new bucket of data whenever your balance dips below MB. But if you're a heavier user that's looking for a hotspot to give you data redundancy against the carrier your phone is using, need to push 2GB or more per month through that hotspot or ever travel outside of the biggest cities in the U.

If Karma were to drop its prices roughly 30 percent this would be a different story, but for now your money is often better spent elsewhere. Skip to main content. Forums Shop Toggle Search. High per-gigabyte pricing and weak coverage hurt an otherwise interesting model for mobile data.

Give up a little control and be rewarded Here's how the system works. You'll get solid coverage in 80 cities across the U. Does Karma actually make sense for you? The cost-per-gigabyte is average, but the data doesn't refresh every month. If you use less than 2GB per month, live in the right place and play your cards right, Karma could be a good choice. The social bandwidth aspect is laudable too, and the allure of nearly limitless free data makes it all the more attractive.

I also have reservations about the security risks involved when connecting to an always-open Wi-Fi network, and I would bet that most users would not take the necessary steps to protect themselves. Those shortcomings aside, Karma's affordable a la carte data and free bonuses make it a compelling option for users on a tight budget. Before joining the consumer electronics team at PCMag, Eugene worked at local news station NY1 doing everything from camera work to writing scripts. Outside of work Eugene enjoys TV, loud music, and making generally healthy and responsible life choices.

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Pros Affordable prepaid mobile data. Cons No clear path to LTE hardware upgrades. Bottom Line The Karma Wi-Fi Hotspot modem lets you earn limitless free mobile data for sharing the love, but protecting your privacy is up to you. Top Previous 1 2 Next. Eugene Kim Analyst, Mobile. Get Our Best Stories! Fastest Mobile Networks

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