Identifying Potential Security Breaches
In many cases, as Wi-Fi connections become more widely available through the expansion of public hotspots by Internet service providers, the risks surrounding the unauthorized access to your phone grows exponentially. In some cases, phones that are issued by the same companies that are installing the Wi-Fi networks may seek to make connections without even asking the user for permission.
In a recent article by reporter Steve Henn that was put out by National Public Radio, he and a friend highlighted the dangers posed by unsecured networks. Henn’s friend succeeded in connecting a data collection device called a Pwn Plug to the network that Henn’s phone was linked up to, quickly snatching up massive amounts of data in the span of only a few seconds. Understanding the danger posed to our emails, passwords, and other private information by these open networks can be daunting, but there are some measures that you can take to prevent the theft of your data.
Keeping Your Data Safe From Prying Eyes
Second, over the time that you have had your phone, you have doubtlessly connected with a large number of different networks that you neither recognize nor remember. While it might be an annoying process, go through the list of your phone’s saved networks and tell it to forget the ones that you are unlikely to use on a regular basis.
Third, refrain from connecting to public networks that you are uncertain of their security. These primarily include open connections that are not password protected from places like public transportation hubs or city center networks. Beware though even from Wi-Fi connections at places like our favorite cafes where every customer can ask for the password. If you are unsure of who has access to the network, the make sure to exercise extra caution.
Finally, it is essential to remember that our data security is dependent on us alone. Take that extra few seconds to think about the potential risks that you are opening yourself up to the next time you see your phone asking you to connect to an open network and weigh out the possible dangers that you may be exposing your data to before clicking join.
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