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Well anything is possible but it's highly unlikely that someone would even want to do so. And then to do so, something on your laptop would have to be listening to accept a web cam connection. And if you have a firewall on your laptop which restricts connections TO your laptop, then it would be highly unlikely that anyone could get in.
If you're running a Windows computer, the built in Windows Firewall should provide all the protection you need to keep people out. Or if you've installed another firewall, that should do it too.
And the above is only even a concern if the hotel wifi allows devices to see each other on it's network. If their network is secure, they should have it configured such that devices can't connect to each other on the wifi.
So all in all, you have little worry about in my opinion.
The VPN encrypts communication between your Mac and whatever you connect to. So yes, VPN helps keep your communications safe as it's encrypted and can't be viewed on the network. But that's a different kind of protection than someone connecting to your Mac and accessing it.
Does that make sense?
Let me see if I can throw a quick drawing together to make it easier to understand... Please give me about 15 min or so.
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Even though VPN goes through the internet, logically it is like a direct connection to that web server that's encrypted an private. Only you and the web server can see inside that connection. Thus "someone else" can't see that communication.
However for the possibility of "someone else" connecting to your Mac, that connection would be outside of the VPN and via the hotel wifi. So if your Mac firewall has been enabled, the firewall blocks attempts to connect from "someone else" to your Mac.
Here's a link describing how to enable the Mac firewall:
Please let me know if this makes sense now.
In my opinion, you don't have to worry about it. You should ask the hotel if it runs its wifi in "isolation mode". If it does, then other devices can't even see yours.
You're safe then as they are describing isolation mode. Nothing to worry about.
In my opinion, there is a greater chance the sun won't rise tomorrow than you getting hacked on that network. :)
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