In Recent days we can see Free wifi services are being provided by government and Private vendors at different places, Specially at Airports, Railway Stations, Restaurants and Private Hotels. In these places there are a lot of businessmen and working professional are using these services, who have to spend money and sometimes they need to talk and send Confidential data.
Risks of an Open Network
It is very easy to create a fake wifi hotspot, Hackers can setup a malicious hotspot at public places like Airports, Railway Stations, Restaurants and Private Hotels. When any person will access that network the traffic will be routed through the malicious network. To this network Hackers are having full control.
Open Wifi Hotspot
On some public places we can see open wifi hotspot are available. These open hotspot can be most malicious wifi hotspot, Hackers can take control of these open hotspots and may inject malware and virus into the network. When anyone access these networks, The existing malware and Virus will be injected into the victims device or system. Basically these type of malware are being developed to steal the sensitive information from the victims system. These sensitive information may be your banking details, Credit card details while you will perform any transaction over this network.
How to Avoid Public WiFi Security Risks
- Be aware
Public Wi-Fi is inherently insecure – so be cautious.
- Remember – any device could be at risk
Laptops, smartphones, and tablets are all susceptible to the wireless security risks.
- Treat all Wi-Fi links with suspicion
Don’t just assume that the Wi-Fi link is legitimate. It could be a bogus link that has been set up by a cybercriminal that’s trying to capture valuable, personal information from unsuspecting users. Question everything – and don’t connect to an unknown or unrecognised wireless access point.
- Try to verify it’s a legitimate wireless connection
Some bogus links – that have been set up by malicious users – will have a connection name that’s deliberately similar to the coffee shop, hotel, or venue that’s offering free Wi-Fi. If you can speak with an employee at the location that’s providing the public Wi-Fi connection, ask for information about their legitimate Wi-Fi access point – such as the connection’s name and IP address.
- Use a VPN (virtual private network)
By using a VPN when you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, you’ll effectively be using a ‘private tunnel’ that encrypts all of your data that passes through the network. This can help to prevent cybercriminals – that are lurking on the network – from intercepting your data.
- Avoid using specific types of website
It’s a good idea to avoid logging into websites where there’s a chance that cybercriminals could capture your identity, passwords, or personal information – such as social networking sites, online banking services, or any websites that store your credit card information.
- Consider using your cell phone
If you need to access any websites that store or require the input of any sensitive information – including social networking, online shopping, and online banking sites – it may be worthwhile accessing them via your cell phone network, instead of the public Wi-Fi connection.
- Protect your device against cyberattacks
Make sure all of your devices are protected by a rigorous anti-malware and security solution – and ensure that it’s updated as regularly as possible.
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