Not many people think once before connecting to the free Wi-Fi hotspots available in cafes, hotels, malls, and other public places. However while public Wi-Fi is convenient because it helps you pass the time or do some work, it is also extremely vulnerable to hacking and hacking so if you are not careful enough when using open networks, you may end up revealing passwords and credit card details. Pictures, private conversations and other personal details that you prefer to keep to yourself.
Because cyber criminals are constantly looking for security vulnerabilities to exploit, every Internet user needs to be aware of potential risks and learn to protect themselves online, especially when using open, insecure networks. So before connecting to a free Wi-Fi hotspot, read the security tips below and take precautions for surfing Safely and privately
The most common Wi-Fi security threats
1- Mediator attack between your device and your destination (website)
Hackers can create their own network to stand between your device and the destination (website or service), which makes all traffic on the Internet pass through their eyes. Once they can access your communications, hackers can easily steal your sensitive information, moreover, they can intercept traffic. Your own and lure you into malicious web sites without even noticing that there is nothing suspicious to suspect.
2- Wi-Fi sniffing
The “Wi-Fi sniffing” method allows cybercriminals to monitor the victim’s traffic on the Internet. If the wireless network is insecure, hackers can easily access it through basic software, which is not even illegal. From there they can record all the data that travels over the network, and later use it for heinous purposes for example: they can access your bank account or pretend that it is you who appears on social media.
3- Malware injection
Insecure Wi-Fi hotspots are an ideal place for hackers to detect malware on your device. Once there it gives the attacker full access to all the information stored in your device, including contacts, photos, videos, messages, and other personal data that you might want to keep. Moreover, they can turn on the microphone and cameras for more wiretapping.