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Do you use the WiFi connection safely? Tips to avoid problems

Do you use the WiFi connection safely? Tips to avoid problems

Did you know that by connecting to a public Wi Fi network with free access you could be putting your identity at risk, as well as confidential data and user passwords while you browse?

We live surrounded by Wi Fi connections to the Internet, the vast majority of them protected with WEP encryption or the more secure option WPA, but we can also find connections to networks Open public Wi Fi to which to connect our laptop or tablet to navigate without major problem. However, one wonders if we use the secure Wi Fi connection or if, on the contrary, we put our identity and the privacy of our data at risk. For this reason, we are going to break down throughout this post how hackers use these supposed networks and how we should use wireless connections to browse safely.

According to data from the Wireless Broadband Alliance, since 2009 the number of Wi Fi access points has increased to 1.3 million worldwide. But forecasts estimate that this number will reach 5.8 million in 2015. Part of these connections is made up of the numerous free public Wi Fi access points set up in hotels, airports and stations around the world, as well as the buildings and public spaces of large cities or those commercial establishments that offer this type of service as a hook for attract customers.

But how secure are these hotspots? Experts warn of the existence of access points fake wifi located in strategic areas of great influx of people such as airports, stations, and shopping centers. you’re suspicious free wireless networks They are used by numerous people who, taking advantage of the wait for their next flight or train, decide to take a look at their email or if their payroll has already been deposited in their checking account. Moment that unscrupulous people take advantage of to steal informationboth personal and financial, without arousing the slightest suspicion in the user.

How do these supposed free public Wi Fi networks work?

By using a specific software the hacker can monitor the entire inbound and outbound traffic of all those devices connected to these supposed public access Wi Fi networks. This method of digital espionage takes advantage of the user’s overconfidence in the free nature of this supposed public Wi Fi network to capture emails with personal informationconfidential documents, as well as personal keys and financial information.

The most worrying aspect of the matter is that these supposed public access wireless connections can be enabled from a maximum of 300 meters away. Strategically located in waiting areas of stations or airports are a pole of attraction for users who prefer to use Wi Fi to consult information while they wait. What they don’t know is that by connecting to this wireless access point redirect network trafficexposing all your passwords and sensitive information to the hacker.

The fact of logging into a non HTTPS protected website connected to one of these wireless networks gives the hacker free rein to clone the access keys and supplant the user identityblocking or modifying at will all the information you want without being detected.

What measures should we take to avoid falling into the trap?

First of all, check if when accessing the supposed public Wi Fi network they appear two small symbols in the form of a computer. If so, we are actually connecting to someone else’s laptop using the free public Wi Fi network name to target victims. Keep in mind that once connected to that supposed network, all the information that we share is fully exposed and therefore accessible from the computer that supplies said network. Don’t fall into the trap.

Experts agree that we should not use public Wi Fi networks under any circumstances to consult personal information such as mail or private documents, as well as carry out online shopping or check bank accounts. For these cases, they recommend using protected private networks with WPA passwordeither at work or on your own home network, as well as using HTTPS websitesas they are more secure than standard HTTP sites.

It does not hurt to have conveniently updated and activated the antivirus and install a powerful security firewall, especially if you can’t resist the temptation to use public Wi Fi networks to do a last minute query without using your data connection. Lastly, disable the automatic connection to public Wi Fi networks on your device or avoid save passwords on our laptop or mobile phone. Who knows, someone could be watching our steps.

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