Hidden Dangers Of Free Public WiFi

For cyber criminals, free wireless public networks provide great tools for stealing sensitive data of laptop owners. Users who are therefore not familiar with procedures to secure their computers could become victims of a “channeling” attack, a practice that allows hackers to obtain online banking passwords and other personal information by creating a fake access point in public places like airports. To prevent this, users must take precaution by verifying if the network is legitimate before connecting to it, shutting off the wireless card if there are no plans to access the Internet or another machine, and being aware of the type of information being shared in public locations. It would also be helpful to use a VPN for data encryption, switch off shared folders, and update security settings regularly.
Via [news.zdnet.com]

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