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.
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.