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What you may not know about wifi and how to stay protected

Mon, Nov 21, 2011

Security, Wifi

 

 

On my last blog post I told you about a new phone scam called Smishing. Today I want to hip you to another way people get scammed and that's being hacked through public wifi. If your big on using public wifi then you could potentially be putting all your personal information at risk. Security experts always advise people never to do more than visit general information sites like news, sports, etc, but most people probably check their personal accounts like  Gmail, Facebook and bank account information.  

Unless the signal between your laptop and wifi hotspot is encrypted anyone within 100 feet can easily intercepted the passwords to your email and social media accounts.  An ABC News report stated that two of the largest wifi providers T-mobile and AT&T don't require encryption of data between your laptop and the internet, and with over 15,000 hotspot between these companies this is something you shouldn't ignore.

Another thing you should know is that anyone with the know how can sit in a park, mall, airport or coffee shop and create a fake wireless hotspot for the sole purpose of stealing your data. So be cautious of connecting to wifi simply because it says "Free Wifi".  To help combat some of these tatics always (if possible) connect to site via "HTTPS" instead of "HTTP".  Another way you can make sure your data is always safe regardless of were you are is using services like Proxify

Proxify is like a funnel for your internet traffic. It encrypts your data and routes it through there servers. So regardless of were you are Proxify will keep you protected. If you often travel outside United States Proxify is great because a lot of sites want let you log-in from outside the host country or you will get the site for the country your in which could be in another language. 

So remember keep your data safe and follow the rules of online play. Don't become a victim.

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2 Responses to “What you may not know about wifi and how to stay protected”

  1. Laura Edward Says:

    The main thing you should know is that anyone with the know how can sit in a park, mall, airport or coffee shop and create a fake wireless hotspot for the sole purpose of stealing your data, thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.
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  2. Harrison Li Says:

    Oh Alvin, this is some great information thanks for informing us the readers, never knew it was such dangerous with some of these wifi connections, I’ll be sure to keep out from unencrypted connections in the future, thanks :)