I admit it… sometimes, well several times, I have chosen my place to get coffee based on their WiFi access. WiFi access is a luxury (necessity) many businesses have to offer to lure in their customers. The hackers love this access too.
It’s okay to surf the general information on a public WiFi, things you would let anyone see. It’s not okay and actually quite risky to access your personal data, private passwords and any financial information.
According to Digital Trends (digitaltrends.com) here are the top three things to watch out for on a public network…
- Man-in-the-middle-attacks: they basically jump in and take over and access information between your internet device and the end computer/server you are accessing
- Malware: This basically gives the user access to everything on your device including files, photos, camera and even your microphone to eavesdrop – WARNING!
- Sniffing: It monitors network data and can provide packet information. It’s something that is often legal so beware.
The best way to protect yourself is with a VPN (virtual private network) but that isn’t often realistic. Accessing your private data in public is essentially like changing your “panties/undies” in public. No one is going to do that even if the place is empty “just in case” someone might see. Accessing your very private financial or access information in public is the same thing. No one knows where the hidden cameras are or the hacking data breaches, so just wait till you get home and hopefully there’s no peeping Toms.
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Source: Hill, Simon (2015) How Dangerous is Public WiFi We ask An Expert retrieved 11/19/16 from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-dangerous-is-public-wi-fi/