How to identify and prevent dangerous WiFi?

dangerous wifi

We're used to using home and business WiFi, and it is safe in most cases. What about public WiFi? Have you ever used it? Do you think public WiFi is safe?

We may often need to use public WiFi such as when staying in a hotel, working in a coffee shop, or when studying in a library. Public WiFi can provide a great convenience in our daily life. Some people even go to public WiFi specifically to save Internet fees. But do you know that public WiFi is not always safe? It can be a phishing trap. There have been numerous reports on TV and news media of money being stolen by connecting to unsecured WiFi. This article teaches you how to identify dangerous WiFi to avoid information leakage and money loss.

Dangerous WiFi generally has the following characteristics. Keeping them in mind will greatly prevent connecting to dangerous WiFi.

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Supply & Tools:

  • Mobile phone, or;
  • Computer

WiFi name is vague and attractive

Generally speaking, safe WiFi names in public places are specific to the place and keep neutral in semantics. If the name contains an attractive word such as free, for example "free WiFi in cafes", it is probably WiFi phishing. Hackers provide it to attract you to access.
attractive wifi name

Duplicate and similar WiFi name

In order to get you hooked, WiFiphisher will pretend to be shop or shopping mall WiFis by adding or deleting a character, or capitalizing a certain character, making it very slightly different from the WiFi in the area covered. For example, a real WiFi name is CoffeeShop_Wi -Fi, phishing WiFi may be Coffeeshop Wi-Fi, which requires careful identification to see the difference. A quick click may cause a mistaken connection.
similar wifi name

Access to WiFi does not require verification

If the WiFi name is normal, but you can connect it without authentication, it is still suspicious. In this case, you'd best check with the WiFi provider. For example, when checking into a hotel or ordering in a cafe, you can ask the staff to confirm the accuracy of the WiFi.
no verification

No protocol page pops up when logging in to WiFi

Generally, you will be required to agree with the protocols when you log in to the public network, which means that the network we log in to is from a professional source, and you need to fill in your mobile phone number to obtain a verification code before you can access the Internet. Please be vigilant if a WiFi allows you to connect without any service protocols.
no protocol

WiFi needs to install software to use

It seems that you can trust the WiFi if it isn't peculiar when you connect to it. But when you finish the connection and are about to use it, it will prompt you to install software or other items. At this time, you need to pay attention. Do not click on the options on the screen to get online at will, it may implant viruses into your phone or steal your phone's permissions.
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How to prevent dangerous WiFi?

Dangerous WiFi has huge security risks. Doing the following points will help you avoid WiFi traps to prevent information leakage and money loss.

  • Try not to use public WiFi hotspots.
  • Turn off "automatically connect to WiFi" on mobile phones and tablets. Because if this function is enabled, the device will automatically scan and connect without a password when it enters an area with a WiFi network, which will greatly increase the chance to be caught by WiFi phishing, resulting in information leakage or money loss unconsciously.
  • Install security software to help you block or remind you in time.
  • Watch out for phishing websites.
  • Do not conduct private transactions under public WiFi. For public WiFi hotspots, hackers often use pages disguised as regular bank pages or payment pages to mislead users to log in and obtain usernames and passwords. Please do not use the public network for private transactions. In special cases, you'd better switch it to the 5G data of your mobile phone. It won't cost you too much, but it's the safest.

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