Danger of Public WiFi

How to stay safe on public WiFi networks

Public WiFi is popular and can be found in hotels, restaurants, coffee shops - often allowing free access to the internet. We usually don't think twice about connecting to public WiFi, even though we have no idea who is actually supplying the 'Hotspot' or the dangers we are exposed to.


What are the risks of Public WiFi?

Malicious WiFi Hotspot

Just because a WiFi network is called the same name as your favourite coffee shop, doesn’t mean that it is the coffee shop’s WiFi. Anyone can setup a WiFi hotspot with any name and allow anyone to connect for free and without a password. Once connected to a malicious hotspot your internet traffic can be monitored and your internet device hacked!public wifi
 

Imposter WiFi Hotspot

Very similar to a malicious hotspot, an imposter hotspot is setup with the same WiFi name and password as a genuine public hotspot. Your internet device will only see one WiFi network name and there’s a 50/50 chance that it will connect to the imposter WiFi. 
 

Man In the Middle Attack

This type of attack is usually based on a vulnerability and happens when your internet device connects to an internet resource, like a website. This type of attack allows the attacker to jump into your connection without you knowing and eavesdrop on all the communication.
 

Network Sniffing

Using special software and WiFi equipment a hacker can see all wireless internet traffic allowing him to access everything you’re doing online. This includes obtaining information such as passwords, information entered on website forms and even hijack your accounts
 
All of the above are usually carried out without you even knowing it’s happened. It can be days or even weeks before you find that your online accounts have been compromised or you suddenly start getting unexpected charges on your bank cards or you suddenly receive details of mobile phone contracts you didn’t sign up for!
 

How to stay safe on Public WiFi Hotspots with CyberShield

The CyberShield Hub not only provides an effective internet filtering solution, but also has other features that will protect you when connecting to a public WiFi.
 

WISP

The WISP feature allows The Hub to connect to Public WiFi networks as if it was a laptop, phone or tablet and then share the internet connection with other devices. Any internet device you want protecting simply connects to the Hub WiFi. If you’ve already used the Hub your internet device will remember the details and automatically connect.
 

Firewall

The Hub has a built-in firewall which blocks all incoming traffic, making it very difficult for a hacker to access any devices (e.g. laptop, tablet, phone) connected the CyberShield Hub.
 

VPN

The Hub has the ability to create a secure VPN (3rd party VPN account required, CyberShield recommend HMA) which creates a secure tunnel over the internet. This means even if you connect to a malicious hotspot all your internet traffic will be encrypted and virtually impossible for a hacker to access. A VPN is the single best way to protect yourself when using a Public WiFi
 

Portable

The CyberShield Hub is very portable at only 58*58*25mm in size, weighing 39g, it can easily be taken away to hotels, café’s, airports and away with you on holiday. The Hub is powered by a USB cable, so can be powered from your laptop, a phone charger or any other powered USB port.
 
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Public WiFis aren’t always safe. Protect yourself with the CyberShield Hub

 

Tips to stay safe when using a public WiFi Hostpot

  • Try to avoid sensitive \ confidential online tasks, such as banking
  • Don't connect to WiFi network that require no password to connect
  • If using a Mac & Windows PC make sure you disable file sharing
  • Keep your anti virus and anti malware software turned on and up to date
  • Make sure the websites you access use HTTPS, so data is encrypted
  • Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when not being used
  • Always keep your operating system and apps up to date