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Beware Public WiFi HotSpots!!!


Hello Everyone...

Today, I was reading the Tech section of the USA Today website when I came across the wonderful article below on the dangers of using your computer/smartphone/device on public WiFi networks. In this day and age we all take for granted the ability to connect to a WiFi network so that we don't have to pay for cell phone data usage charges.... but we still need to be careful! Crooks know that you are going to look for a free site and they will most certainly take advantage of that fact.

Please read the following article.... I know you will find it quite informative.

From Kim Komando's Column and website: https://www.komando.com/tips/274169/learn-how-crooks-attack-using-public-wi-fi/all

Hackers will do just about anything to get their hands on your personal information. More and more hackers are taking to the streets and using the real world to attack their victims digitally.

One of the best ways for hackers to invade your computer is by using local wireless networks. If you're a gadget fanatic like me, then you're almost always looking for a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot to save on your smartphone's or tablet's data plan.

Criminals know this and have many routes to exploit almost everyone's dependence on free, public Wi-Fi networks that you can find almost anywhere. Like I said, I'm always on the hunt for a new Wi-Fi hotspot. I'm also security conscious, though, and I've had to think like a hacker to keep myself safe from them.

Here are a few of the most common ways that crooks can get their hands on your most important information through public Wi-Fi.

HONEYPOT WI-FI NETWORKS

Unrestricted Wi-Fi networks are a security risk both to people who choose not to secure their Wi-Fi and to the people who seek out unsecured networks to exploit.

An unsecured wireless network can be appealing when you're out and about. Chances are good that you'll want to pair your phone or tablet to a Wi-Fi network to save data.

What a hacker might do is take note of any local businesses that advertise free Wi-Fi and name their "rogue" network something similar.

If they get access to your PC through a rogue Wi-Fi network, a crook can easily install malware, keyloggers and any number of stuff that you don't want on your PC.