WARNING: Hackers Can Steal Your Identity Using Public WiFi
We’ve all been tempted to use public Wi-Fi: it’s free, saves on your data allowance, and is always helpful in speeding up loading times. However, Hackers are now exploiting this need; where one may have previously believed that accessing public/ unsecured Wi-Fi is a clever life hack to save data, experts now caution otherwise.
Anyone using public Wi-Fi is especially vulnerable to a MITM attack. Because the information transmitted is generally unencrypted, it’s not just the hotspot that’s public — it’s your data too. You might as well shout out your details. A compromised router can vacuum up a lot of personal material relatively simply: just getting into your emails, for instance, gives hackers access to your usernames, passwords, and private messages. People default to free public Wi-Fi, ” because no one tells us the dangers of logging onto free Wi-Fi, but they’re setting yourself up,
- If you’re at an airport or public space, find out who the secure WI-FI provider is
- Check to make sure your computer or smartphone is not set up to automatically connect to any unknown Wi-Fi networks.
- Make sure to connect to websites via HTTPS – this encrypts anything you send and receive from the website
- Change the passwords on your devices as often as once a month.