Free public Wi-Fi networks are all around us - at airports, public libraries, local cafes, shops, public transport...
What kinds of threats do public wireless internet networks pose?
Hackers know that it's pretty easy to confuse people looking for free Wi-Fi. They hope to choose their fake network while browsing through the available networks.
Hackers can easily take control of a Wi-Fi router, even if it's official if it's not configured properly. Then it is up to them to see how your information comes to them alone.
These are situations where fraudsters give their Wi-Fi network an almost identical name to a real one, hoping to click on them.
For example, "Mirza Library" will be changed to "mrezabiblioteka" and will wait for someone to "catch".
In such cases, you need to be careful about exactly which network you have "hooked up" the first time your employees tell you the Wi-Fi network or look for the sign with this information that is most often attached in a prominent place.
Five steps to help protect yourself when using public Wi-Fi networks:
If you already have to use a public Wi-Fi network, avoid those that require your personal information, such as a bank account, ID number, or address. Never perform financial transactions over a public Wi-Fi network or share personal data and passwords. Never!
Check the network name and compare it with others. Do not connect to a public network such as an airport or library unless the name information is told to you by an employee or is not clearly visible in the space.
Use protected Internet sites that use the HTTPS protocol, which is a secure version of the HTTP standard. If you do not see the letter "S" do not use that site.
Use antivirus. Many security and antivirus programs protect you from malware (malware) that tries to enter a password into your system to make it easier to access. Cybersecurity experts keep repeating this, but we will repeat: always have a firewall on and use complex passwords.
Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is not all-powerful, but it will protect you while using public Wi-Fi (even when using your private Wi-Fi at home). See it as your own private tunnel that takes you from your location (home, library, airport, McDonald's, Starbucks) to the site you want to visit. A VPN protects the "journey" from your home site to your website.