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    Telephone, computer and privacy

    1. My phone is connected to a modem, which is plugged into a wall telephone socket. Does this reduce my privacy vs an actual landline which has the phone plugged directly into a telephone socket (I have heard that people could stand outside a door or building, and with certain equipment, listen in on all wireless phone calls)? My telephone company has been less than helpful which may be due to lack of training or they just don't want to tell me the truth.

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    2. My computer is connected to a wireless modem router which was plugged into a wall socket (like a telephone plug). I bought the modem at a local electronics store. The building I am in is wired for WIFI. Could people monitor all my online activity (similar to a wireless phone), or does this only happen when you plug a laptop into a WIFI at a local coffee shop, etc? If this can happen under my circumstances, how do I protect my privacy when all buildings are being wired for WIFI? My ISP has been less than helpful for the same reasons as above.

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    What do you mean by ‘wired for wifi’?
    VOIP probably improves your privacy v a regular copper landline (which would be trivial for someone to tap in to) and so long as the wifi network is encrypted to a reasonable standard it should be reasonably safe (at least compared to a shared ethernet network)
    Anyway if you’re worried about monitoring it’s probably going to happen further upstream so your concerns are a bit moot.

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    Wired for WIFI – It is my understanding that you plug your modem into a wall outlet, as you would a telephone, except the outlet is wired for WIFI (yes, wifi infrastructure in the building). My apartment building was being "wired" for WIFI and they wrapped the wires to my apartment in a small "box" (for lack of a better word) over my door because I did not want WIFI.

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    Modem makes no difference if it’s between your phone or not.
    Cordless phones can have privacy problems if it’s the older standard (not DECT 6.0). Get DECT 6.0 for reasonable privacy.
    Wi-Fi is reasonably secure when it’s WPA2 and no less. (reasonable as in it might be vulnerable to some edge cases but it’s not likely someone can easily break it and gain access).
    "wired for wi-fi" does not make sense. Are you saying there’s already wi-fi infrastructure in the building? if they use WPA2 it could be secure enough, if anything less then it’s not secure. But you can make sure you’re using TLS as much as possible with anything "sensitive". TLS is built so that someone can monitor every byte of information in a session and still not be capable of decrypting the data and gaining access to what you sent and received.

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