As the world is becoming more and more connected, the widespread access of WI-FI is becoming convenient and essential for the modern lifestyle. These free WI-FI is accessible nearly everywhere be it in Airports, Restaurants, Coffee shops and Libraries.
The immense amount of risk that can be associated with the use of public WI-FI is that the user is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Some of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi are:
- Theft of Personal information
Some of the personal information that can be stolen are financial information, login credentials and personal date. Online hackers can easily obtain one’s data through an unsecured WI-FI and cause damage to both financial and personal information.
- Middle man attacks
A middle-man attack occurs when a hacker positions themselves between you and the connection point. A good example can be; you might think that you are communicating directly with your intended party, instead you are communicating with an attacker. An attacker can use a special software to view and manipulate information that goes through your device.
- Malware Infections
This can occur when an attacker infects an unsecured WI-FI with a malware which the infects the device connected to it. The attacker usually sends fake but enticing pop-ups for the user to click on. By clicking on it, it installs the malware immediately. The attacker can go ahead and distort any information.
- WI-FI snooping and sniffing
Cybercriminals can install a special software kit that helps them to eavesdrop. This software assists the attacker to access anything that one is doing.
Public unsecured WI-FI is an open door to session hijacking. Session hijacking is a technique used by hackers to gain access of a targeted computer or online accounts by configuring it in order to gain personal information and passwords.
It is understandable to be tempted into using free WI-FI as it is sometimes hard to pass upon. However, consider on the risk that it might cost when using such WI-FI especially if you have sensitive information. KeNIC will have a webinar on Educating youth for a cybersecurity future happening on 29th November from 10.00am-11.30am. Register for our webinar at https://bit.ly/3hFkGig