5 types of WiFi hotspot you must avoid

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Even on vacation, we carry with us large amounts of personal information and data. Here is WiFi tips you need to carry in your suitcase.

Tempted to connect to unknown WiFi hotspot?

Especially now that we have become dependent on posting photos on social media, update friends and acquaintances, or take a quick look in the job record. wifi_login information you have on your cell phone, laptop, tablet or other smart devices are at greater risk when you are on vacation while you are home or at work.

Steals passwords and personal information

To connect to the internet abroad can often be expensive, and a common belief is that it is not so dangerous to connect to a free, open WiFi hotspot at a cafe, hotel or similar. However, it can often prove to be an expensive experience.

If you connect to a WiFi hotspot which is controlled by intruders with malicious intent, you will risk losing login information and personal data from your device. Documents, photos and messages can easily be stolen from your cell phone or computer via an open and insecure WiFi hotspot.

Here are 5 types of WiFi hotspot you must avoid

Although airports generally have high physical security, it may be open for false WiFi hotspots. There have been several experiments in which security experts have set up WiFi hotspot in public spaces to see how many people will join in. Surprisingly (!) Many immediately falls for “Free Airport WiFi” and related WiFi name.

In technical terms this names is called Service Set Identifier (SSID), and used to identify a wireless network. At the airport we connect happily up the mobile, desktop and tablet to insecure wireless networks without thinking about. Cafés with free WiFi can often be exploited by attackers.

Latte, Mocha .. and your password

No day without your daily dose of coffee at the coffeshop around the corner. Before seizes the day, it might be nice to enjoy a cup of coffee with local news, update Facebook status and read / send some emails. Since the vast majority of coffee parlors and cafes now offer free WiFi hotspot, there are also many that connect to them.

However, it is not always a good idea, because somebody with dishonest intentions can also set up a network with the same name as the coffeshop. If you connect to this unsafe network, the attacker can monitor what you’re doing, and in worst case steal your username and password, or install malware on your device.

bedroom_laptop_apple_network_wifi_internet Room service?

Hotels are also popular areas for attackers to deploy unsafe or harmful WiFi hotspot, since most guests automatically trust the network name with the hotel’s name. To be on the safe side, it is wise to call down to reception and ask for the name of the official WiFi network, and password. You should also notify the staff if you notice similar network names that are unsecured.

Mind the gap

As a tourist you will probably at some point, take advantage of train or other public transportation to get around. False and insecure WiFi hotspot can be easily set up at a train station or bus station, especially at popular areas where there often are tourists.

The more tourist area, the more likely it is that an attacker will take the opportunity to gain access to your device or user accounts – or the device itself. It is wise to make sure you have the ability to remotely wipe and lock your device if it is to be stolen. Free Wifi Hotspot Areas with a lot of tourists is a favorite spot for attackers.

From the sunbed

Even when you are at the swimming pool or at the beach, your urge to post a selfie on Instagram or Snapchat  becomes to hard to control. Perhaps you want to transfer some money from the savings account to afford an additional Piña colada or send an important job mail. Make sure you do not do this from an open, unsecured WiFi networks.

Unencrypted information

Encryption helps to protect your network traffic from intruders, both when at home and at work. Although your neighbor is within range of your wireless network, he can not see any webpage you visit. The wireless traffic is encrypted between your laptop, mobile or tablet and the wireless router. It is encrypted with your WiFi password.

When you connect to an open, unsecured WiFi hotspot, like the one at the coffeshop or the airport, the network is in most cases unencrypted. It is easy to discover because you do not need to enter a password to connect. Unencrypted network traffic is open to anyone within range to see. Websites you visit, unencrypted forms you fill out.

If you fail to let your mobile get vacation, or take yourself constantly to connect to open, insecure network, you may want to invest in a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and use it when you surf the web. Then everyone else on the network only see that you are connected to a VPN, and not watching what you do through it.

Conclusion: You should use a VPN “Virtual Network” when you are conected to a wireless network or wifi hotspot.

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