Why WiFi Internet Is Not Safe (And What You Can Do About It)
WiFi security is a "must have"
At any given point, over 65% of all wireless users are connected to some form of WiFi internet. However, most of them are unaware of the serious security threats this poses.
While this is specially true of public WiFi internet, it is not uncommon for even a moderately talented kid hacker to infiltrate a WPA2 encrypted network using tools and utilities that are freely available on the internet.
As our in-house expert succinctly reminds us: "You need better encryption... You always need better encryption."
What he wanted to say was, anybody with a smartphone-enabled WiFi hotspot or router-based WiFi access point can act as a bait for free WiFi seekers. This can happen at the airport, the neighborhood coffee shop, or even when you accidentally connect to your neighbor's WiFi (Hey! Free internet).
Did you know that once you connect, the WiFi owner can (if he or she so desires) gain almost complete control of your laptop or tablet -- and easily TRACK and HACK it?
Often, you won't even know it till you're tracked, hacked, sliced and chopped.
Most public WiFi connections are not encrypted. Many of them use the less secure WEP or WPA encryption which are easy to crack. Even WPA2 cannot guarantee wireless security. Fact is, anybody with admin rights can spoof or fake such a WiFi connection with malicious intent.
Even Skype is not safe on WiFi. Conversations can be tapped, secretly recorded, stored and used against you.
The problem with WiFi (both public and private) is not just when you connect to others' open wireless internet, but also when others connect to you -- with or without your knowledge or permission.
Unless you have a VPN or 128/256-bit internet encryption on your own laptop, cell phone or tablet, you may automatically (often unknowingly) connect to an infected network and open up your device to all kinds of horrible viruses, malware, keyloggers and browser hijackers.
The end result: Stolen passwords, lost accounts, identity theft, the works.
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