Why You Must Have Security In Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Antivirus and Security Software, Articles
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Wi-Fi NetworkWhen you are bored and you are just walking around the mall you immediately would take out your Wi–Fi compatible gadget and go online on a hot spot nearby. The only problem is that what you are doing is already a risk to your gadget. It has hidden risks that you should take seriously.

Still more than a third of such users will still do their internet surfing without having the security action that they have to do while logging on to a Wi–Fi  public hot spot. This is info from the Kaspersky Consumer Security Risks survey which was done by the B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in the summer of 2013.

It is so easy to go online these days. It is not limited to cell networks anymore and also with broadband cable communication networks. You can connect with a public Wi – Fi hot spot that would allow to connect a number of computers and mobile gadgets to the web.

The problem for these hotspots though is that they always skip the protection protocol for their uses and a lot of the users would be exposed to a lot of dangers which would be viruses or malware. Survey says that there are 34% of such users who would not do any type of security measure so that they would be protected online with a hot spot for net connection while 14% were just content to use any type of network for banking and shopping online. There were only 13% of them who would take time to check the encryption standard of any given access point. Now the question is: is it really the right choice to do some extra precautions when connecting online through a public hot spot or it is just something you could skip?

It’s Just You, A Website And A Man In The Middle

The correct answer is it is the right choice to do some extra precautions. You should know roght away because you may never know what the other guy across the table with a laptop might be doing with it. He may be like you, just an ordinary bystander, minding his business with his email or just chatting with some friends through social media or such. But there might be something illegal too that he is doing behind that laptop which could be monitoring the internet traffic of everyone around him and that could mean including yours too. This can be possible with the technique called Man–In–The–Middle attack. And this is made possible with a Wi – Fi access point. Without the encryption protection the cybercriminal can get away with everything and can gain access to any data a user enters. And any data could mean a bank data, a password, and so on. This could even be possible if the hot spot is password protected and has some https – connection security but it would make it hard for them to figure out but still that is a risk.

So what are they interested with? Well, that is simple because they would want something that could give them money like account logins and passwords for e–mails, e–banking, e–payment and social networks.

That is why everyone that has a Wi–Fi hotspot connection has to have security but how to do that?

Security In The Middle

Kaspersky Lab would recommend you to have a secure connection to access points. The risk of traffic being intercepted by the criminals would be greatly diminished by just doing that. Now the next thing you should do is to make it secure for those who are going to use sites and put some personal information in them while applying for something.

Then you will have to go with the Kaspersky Lab’s specially developed Safe Money technology. This is the best security for your online banking and payment transactions. This feature has a set of protection mechanisms that would be activated automatically. This will happen when the user will enter an address of an online store, e–banking site or an e–payment service in the address bar. It can defend you from attacks via software vulnerabilities, phishing pages, malware and the infamous Man–in–the–middle attacks.

VIDEO: FREE WiFi Hotspots Sniffing for Your Secrets

Links:
What is a Man-in-the-Middle Attack? – http://blog.kaspersky.com/man-in-the-middle-attack/
Some simple steps you can take, before you jump on your next free WiFi hotspot … Read more

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