7 Ways Hackers Can Use Wi-Fi Against You

//7 Ways Hackers Can Use Wi-Fi Against You

The Wi-Fi is so convenient, but it is also dangerous at the same time. Here are 7 ways you could give away your identity through a Wi-Fi connection and what to do about it.

Use free access points

They seem to be everywhere, and their number is expected to quadruple in the next four years. But most are untrustworthy, created just so that your login credentials to email can be picked up by hackers using sniffers.

It is a software that captures any information you send over the connection. The best defense against this type of hackers is to use a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN retains your key private data protected because it encrypts what you enter.

Online bank

One might think that no one needs to be warned against online banking via Wi-Fi, but cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab points out that more than 100 banks around the world have lost $900 million for cyber attacks a lot of people are doing it.

If you require to use the free Wi-Fi in a cafeteria because you are sure that it is legitimate, confirm the exact network name with those who attend it. It is quite easy for someone in the store with a router to establish an open connection, with a name that looks like the name of the store’s Wi-Fi network.

Have Wi-Fi on all the time

When the Wi-Fi on your smartphone is automatically activated, it can be connected to an unsecured network without even realizing it. Use the Wi-Fi feature based on the location of your phone, if available. Your Wi-Fi network will shut down when you are away from your saved networks and will turn on when it is within range.

Do not use a firewall

A firewall or software firewall is your first line of defense against malicious intruders. It intends to allow good traffic to a network on your computer and keep out malware and hackers. You should turn it off or don’t use only when your antivirus software has its own firewall.

Navigate websites without encryption

Sad to say, 55% of the best websites do not offer encryption. An unencrypted website allows all data transmissions to be viewed by the prying eyes of hackers. Your browser will prompt you when a site is secure.

But even a secure website can not protect you from ‘sidejackers’ who can steal cookies from a website you’ve visited, whether it’s a valid site or not, over a public network.

Do not update your security software

If you want to make sure your own network is well protected, update the firmware of your router. All you have to do is go to the management page of your router to check it. Normally, you can download the new firmware directly from the manufacturer’s site.

Do not secure your home Wi-Fi network

Needless to say, it is essential to set a password that is not too easy to guess and change the default name of your connection. You can also filter the MAC address so that your router recognizes only certain devices.

By |2017-05-06T17:38:42+00:00May 6th, 2017|Tips & Tactics|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Md Yakub September 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Never believe any free Wi-Fi Hotspot. Now we can find many free Wi-Fi Hotspot service in colleges, shops and restaurants they are always open for public uses. Hackers may put you into trap. They can steal your username and password and do able to access your personal and business information. So In digital technology it is not safe to use internet from any unauthorized sources, that may vulnerable for you. Against those traps you may can use VPN, which gives you protection from those traps. This kind of post is so useful to learn to protect such kinds of hack.

  2. Vangeline September 19, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    At the age of advanced digital technology, one cannot simply NOT HAVE a wifi connection at the comfort of their own homes. The dilemma here is that not anyone is aware that their privacy and security might be at risk for having such. I, for one, have subscribed for a wifi connection for the sake of its availability whenever I need it, but ownership of such should come with learning. Information such as these should be made available to all users in a way that is understandable for average people. Tendency is that people might not understand a few terminologies that they might lose interest in learning about it; not knowing the consequences it might come with..

  3. Daniel Omwancha September 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    This is a great article and an eye opener. In this era of Digital Technology, 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. I couldn’t agree more with the tips given in this article. Actually everyone should consider including them in their lifestyle tips as consumers of the Internet. It is true that security starts from the small and most overlooked things, such as Wi-Fi connection that everyone takes for granted. Non-secured Wi-Fi networks can bring a train of all sorts of troubles, so using a secure wireless net is a must. Therefore, apart from security tools, both simple and advanced (like Onegini platform, from http://onegini.com/), your every connection to wireless networks should be guided by common sense. Right now, millions of hackers, spammers and scammers are hard at work. They’re after your Social Security number, bank account information and social media accounts. With any of these, they can steal your money or trick your friends into giving up theirs. This is not to scare us but to educate us on the proper use of Wi-Fi.

  4. Estephanía Sandoval December 30, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

    This is such an informative article that helps to realize about how data secutiry could not even be real. Cybercrimes are a constant threat that we are involved in. Globalization has made that our information is a toy for the hackers. Everyday information travels around the world through the cloud computing and we are exposed to those who want to play with it. It´s good to take in count the tips provided by good articles like this for not being part of the victims of cybercrimes that causes a lot of loses since a single person to the biggest enterprise. Good article!

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