At the airport, in a coffee shop or hotel lobby? Think twice before logging on to that free Wi-Fi.
What’s not to love about free, public Wi-Fi? It’s free. It’s easy. A couple of clicks and you’re connected to the world.
When you’re on the go, there will always be a need to check your email, send a document to a client, touch base with someone in the office, or review the balance in your bank account. You can take care of life’s business from almost anywhere, and public Wi-Fi makes it easy.
It’s ease of use makes it a boon to hackers, as well. While you’re taking care of business, so are they.
Earlier this week, I was interviewed by Leonard Lee of Thomson Reuters Legal Current for a 20-minute podcast titled “Dangers of Public Wi-Fi”. We discussed some of the things that can happen when you’re using public Wi-Fi, including:
- Spoofing. Rogue computers can spoof you, pretending to be something they’re not, and capture your data when you click on their link.
- Capturing passwords. More sophisticated hackers can enter your device stealthily and monitor everything you do (capturing keystrokes to passwords, for example).
- Depositing malware. Hackers can also deposit malware into your computer. This can endanger not only your own data – if you’re connected to your company’s network you’re risking the integrity of data shared by everyone back in the office.
- Peeking the old fashioned way. And remember, in a public place it’s still possible for hackers to perform a hack the old fashioned way – by looking over your shoulder and reading your screen.
The safest way to go? Don’t use public Wi-Fi. Continue reading