The days of thieves picking through garbage in hopes of finding a person’s credit card information or Social Security Number are over. Considering the rampant use of the internet for just about everything imaginable, it is no surprise that a new wave of cyberthieves has emerged as well, with a whole host of new tools to try to steal information online.
While at home or work we are likely accessing the internet on secure networks with the proper encryption and a monitored list of users, but at other times we are forced to access the internet from cafes, airports, malls, etc. These networks are often times free and can be convenient for accessing the internet on the go, but can lead to major security issues if not used carefully.
Wi-Fi hackers target these public access points to try to steal information because of the high volume of traffic on them and the general lack of policing to prevent malicious behavior. This combination allows hackers to take advantage of things like unencrypted webmail to steal passwords and access your emails.
We understand that personal hotspots can be expensive and that public networks can be extremely convenient, so here are some tips to help keep you safe next time you use a public access point:
Source: Identity Theft Resource Center – idtheftcenter.org