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    Ethernet Connection
    I stayed in a hotel room recently that had, in addition to WiFi, an Ethernet cable connection to the Internet.

    Questions:

    1) Which Thunderbolt ports are on my MacBook Pro, or are they all the same? (For example, are there different "Gen"s? Gen 1, Gen 2, etc.?

    2) Is this Belkin doodad the correct adaptor to use to make an Ethernet connection? -->

    The Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - Apple

    3) Is using an Ethernet connection to the Internet secure for doing confidential stuff like online banking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrk View Post
    1) Which Thunderbolt ports are on my MacBook Pro, or are they all the same? (For example, are there different "Gen"s? Gen 1, Gen 2, etc.?
    All the Thunderbolt ports are the same...and all are Thunderbolt 3 ports.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrk View Post
    2) Is this Belkin doodad the correct adaptor to use to make an Ethernet connection? -->
    Here's a really good article from Everymac.com talking about Thunderbolt 3 and USB-c ports:

    Difference Between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C: EveryMac.com

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrk View Post
    3) Is using an Ethernet connection to the Internet secure for doing confidential stuff like online banking?
    Possibly more secure than WiFi...since with WiFi anyone can try to hack into your WiFi signal (like other guests near you in other rooms in the hotel)...which could be easier than hacking into the hotels network hardware (assuming the hotel's network is relatively secure).

    But these are usually more rare occurrences...you have similar risks when you use any public WiFi network such as at the library, Starbuck's, McDonald's, Panera, etc..

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    ^^Thanks, Nic.
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