Archives - Wi-Fi


Understand man-in-the-middle attacks

This type of attack involves someone secretly altering what seems like a direct exchange between two parties. A classic example is someone stealing information from a user connected to a public Wi-Fi network. One way to fend off such attacks is by using a virtual private network to shield your connection.

Don’t join a Wi-Fi network that does not have a password

Passwords prevent unauthorized access to wireless networks. If you see a Wi-Fi network that is open, without a password requirement, do not join it unless you have no other options AND have access to a virtual private network that will encrypt your connection.

Secure your mobile data using a Virtual Private Network service

VPN allows you to connect to the internet securely by keeping your exchanges private while you use Wi-Fi. VPNs encrypt connections at the sending and receiving ends and keep out traffic that is not properly encrypted. If a VPN is available to you, make sure you log onto it any time you need to use […]

What is Wardriving?

The broadcast range of a wireless access point can make internet connections available outside your home, even as far away as your street. Savvy computer users know this, and some have made a hobby out of driving through cities and neighborhoods with a wireless-equipped computer—sometimes with a powerful antenna— searching for unsecured wireless networks. This […]

Don’t log into sensitive accounts on public or shared connections and devices

What’s the most sensitive transaction you conduct online? Chances are, it’s either managing an online bank account, buying something or performing some task that requires your Social Security number. In all instances, restrict these activities to devices you own, connected to trusted networks like your home Wi-Fi, cellular connection or a virtual private network.

Think before you connect to any public Wi-Fi hotspot

Like on an airplane or in an airport, hotel, train/bus station or café-be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. Using your mobile network connection is generally more secure than using a public Wi-Fi network.