The main threats of connecting to free Wi-Fi points are named
Connecting to open Wi-Fi hotspots, which are now available in many restaurants, public transport and other places, can lead to spyware and leakage of sensitive information on devices. This was stated by Denis Kuvikov, director of the SafeNet regional engineering center of the National Technological Initiative (NTI), Vechernyaya Moskva reports.
“Public Wi-Fi networks usually do not encrypt traffic. This means that attackers sitting at the next table can gain access to the user's personal data by connecting to the same access point. They can analyze traffic and redirect users to phishing resources and links with automatic malware downloads, ”the expert explained.
Attackers can also create public access points. In this way, they can also intercept personal data.
To prevent this from happening, it is not recommended to check mail, use a mobile bank and enter passwords, passport and payment data in applications through public networks. In public places, it is advisable to use mobile internet or a reliable VPN. In addition, antivirus software must be installed on the device to help ensure a secure connection when connected to open Wi-Fi.
Earlier, an information security expert talked about ways to protect personal data after theft of a smartphone and what to do first after losing a phone.