SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Free WIFI in BVI Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
05-19-2015 04:24 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Hi Mark,
Thanks for taking a look at my blog. We liked the simplicity of Nanny Caye.

We lived in Montana for a couple of years and thus are always torn between mountains and the sea. Colorado is another beautiful place. To answer your question; I Facetime with family quite frequently. If you have good enough wifi signal in the BVI it's possible as well, but Sprint and AT&T service only in the USVI.

Also, hope all goes well with the survey and sea trial. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us.

05-19-2015 03:20 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Thanks Camile... Have you ever skyped or used Facetime from the USVI or BVI?

"Mountains and Seashore" blog caught my eye. I live in Southern Colorado at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mtns. I enjoyed your pics of Nanny I was just there....working with a broker.....and found a boat It's a 36i' Jeannea. Survey and sea trial are set up for mid June. Anyway...if it happens.....I'm trying to determine where to base out of....for the first winter season 2016. mark
05-19-2015 01:38 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Sprint and AT&T are the only carriers that really work in the USVI. That being said, in the BVI when we have been anchored at Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke or at Norman Island we can usually pick up the towers on St. John for data and text. However if you use your phone in the BVI for calling it will cost you an arm and a leg.

Hope that helps a bit. There are a lot of places these days that offer wifi though. Shouldn't be an issue.

Happy sailing!
s/v Obsession
Mountains and Seashore
05-08-2015 08:07 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Thanks.... Had a good laugh at the shark comment. You must have some years under you.... Because you make sense.

Anyway... Wish me luck... Haven't sailed or had a boat since the 90's... Just me now at a young 64. Survey and sea trial in June on Tortola.

Hey... I figure... Maybe I have 10- 15 quality years. Can't get into too much trouble down there. Thank you again.
05-08-2015 07:49 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Using a cell phone for the internet connection would be more secure, in theory, since it is less common for cellular connections to be intercepted--although the cost of doing that has also become very small. Anyone can put up a "stingray" or other spoofing site, a suitcase that says "No, really, I'm the local cell tower, you can trust me" and then the signal can be decrypted easily, but still passed on without any trace of what has happened.
Still, it is way less likely than WiFi interception.

Your broker may think HTTPS is secure, but how secure it is depends on what versions, what products, whether you have been or cannot be patched for existing weaknesses. If you search around on the web, you'll find a variety of opinions. And generally, if the big players (industry, government, university) don't all agree on it? Then something is really NOT secure.

Perhaps, do your trades, then call up and ask to change your password, over the phone or by email. Or perhaps your broker will offer a guarantee against fraudulent transactions. (Oh wait, no, sorry, I must have been on drugs to eveb think that.(G)

The sharks are always hungry.
05-08-2015 07:24 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

What's the alternative?
05-08-2015 07:21 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Hellosailer - wow.... I hear you and knew the answers in theory. Just wanted to have another confirm my 64 yr old mind. I'll check with broker on HTTPS.

Really no other way down in Tortola unless you traded by phone. Thank you for responding.
05-08-2015 07:12 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

"how secure would it be using the open wifi service"
Might as well take an ad out in the local newspaper and ask someone to use all the information and place the transaction for you.

IF your brokerage or bank is using the HTTPS protocol, as most as, the transaction was assumed to be secure. But that has proven to be easily defeated, so we're back to the future.

Now, if you can perform the transaction by email, using a personal digital certificate so the email can be encrypted before it leaves your email client, then you'd be secure again. But that means a human being on the other end and a bit of effort to get and configure an encryption certificate. (Or to use manual encryption.)

Or you might use a VPN service, so in theory everything you send is encrypted until it hits your VPN server, which in theory is secure, somewhere back in the States. In theory.
05-08-2015 07:11 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

Originally Posted by gon2C View Post
might be a silly question - how secure would it be using the open wifi service in a bvi marina...if you access your etrade account... and make a trade? Thank you.
Not any less secure than accessing any other open, non-encrypted WiFi connection.
05-08-2015 06:59 PM
Re: Free WIFI in BVI

might be a silly question - how secure would it be using the open wifi service in a bvi marina...if you access your etrade account... and make a trade? Thank you.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome