|Everyone always wants to be online everywhere. When we just landed
for a lovely holiday, we can’t wait to check Facebook. Quickly
withdrawing some money from one account and wiring it to another during
shopping abroad. Yes, public WiFi networks are surely a great invention.
But have we stopped to think about the dangers that come with it? Is it
really such a smart idea to start Internet banking on a public WiFi
network? In this article we explain the dangers of public WiFi networks
and how you can protect yourself against these dangers.
Public WiFi networks
What are the dangers of public WiFi and hotspots?
Malware: Through the unsecured network, malware can easily be transmitted to your computer. This can give an attacker access to everything on your PC. From important documents to photos.
Man-in-the-Middle Attacks: This type of attack occurs when someone with bad intentions eavesdrops on the communication between two people. This is very easy to achieve through an unsecured network and this way you can follow the conversation without the sender and receiver knowing anything about it.
Fake networks: A hacker can also setup a fake WiFi network with the intention to make unsuspecting users connect to it. When you just want to sit down quietly to check your Facebook or send a photo, it could be that you are very vulnerable to the hackers.
Unfortunately this problem doesn’t seem to bother a lot of Internet users. And yet, anyone can easily access the website that you visit, your location, the files that you send and your passwords. This is a very dangerous problem, seeing as as most people make use of a public WiFi network to check their emails, share photos on social media or even to make payments.
How do you protect yourself on a public WiFi network?
A VPN ensures security!
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