Using public wifi is a big risk and it must not be overlooked under any circumstances. When you are doing something related to your personal and financial information on a public wifi network, hackers can easily swipe that information off your computer.
Most of us today are glued to tech devices like our computers, smartphones, and tablets. We use them for all sorts of things ranging from catching up with the news, banking on the go and using social media among many other things. All this is only possible when our devices are connected to the internet through a network. This is not an issue when we are at home or at the office as we will have a trusted wifi to connect to, but when we are out and about, there may not be a strong enough cellular connection so without giving it much thought, we tend to just connect to a public wifi and go about our business. This may completely backfire if we don’t take the necessary precautions.
Hackers first hack into the wifi hotspot and then they will gain access to everyone who connects to the access point through wifi. This kind of hacking was prevalent during the early days and the companies offering wifi services today have tackled this issue by fortifying the access points so that they are extremely hard to hack into.
Fake Wi-Fi hotspots
The most widely used method today is when a hacker creates a fake hotspot that is similar to the ones that are already present in the area to get unsuspecting customers to connect to this and enter their sensitive information.
The names used for the Wi-Fi hotspots are generally very similar to the ones you may know so you may not think much before you connect to these networks. They may also use fake pages like fake versions of banking sites, facebook and other pages to get the information out from you.
This information you provide may be linked to other accounts as well and by gaining access to just one account they will be able to gain access to various accounts linked to it.
Another way a hacker gets information from unsuspecting users is by connecting to free Wi-Fi and tricking them into thinking that they are connected to the server. By doing this, hackers will be able to access personal information of these unsuspecting victims.
These kinds of attacks will raise some red flags when they happen. To be sure that your computer is equipped to raise them, you must always install all computer updates as and when they come.
If someone is trying to steal information from your computer then you may get a notification telling you that the connection is not secure. This kind of notification only arises when there is a malicious hacker on the network. This should immediately trigger an action from your side to close all the sites that you may have opened and terminate the connection from the network immediately. After this, you must make sure that all computer updates are installed on the system and if there are any computer updates available for install then you must install them immediately.
Computer updates today are easily accessible by all users and are free in most cases so there is no excuse not to install them. They can patch up security holes and fix any bugs that the operating system may have.
Even after the warning, if you continue to use your computer on this network to access websites, then everything you enter on these sites is at immense risk. The malicious hacker on the network will gain access to all that you enter on these sites through your computer.