We’re all guilty of it: connecting to free public WiFi. Whether it’s at the coffee shop, hotel or airport, the temptation to check e-mail and surf the web is just too strong to resist. So BEFORE you connect to any free, public WiFi, make sure the connection is legitimate.
It’s not uncommon for hackers to set up fake clones of public WiFi access points to try and get you to connect to THEIR WiFi over the legitimate, safe public one being made available to you. Before connecting, check with an employee of the store or location to verify the name of the WiFi they are providing.
Next, NEVER access financial, medical or other sensitive data while on public WiFi. Also, don’t shop online and enter your credit card information unless you’re absolutely certain the connection point you’re on is safe and secure.
These tips might sound like common sense, but the reality is many people don’t remember this advice in the bustle of daily life. It doesn’t take much time for a motivated hacker to get the information he needs from your connection. Don’t risk it – it’s just not worth the gamble!
If you’d like to safeguard your business with the best cyber security and disaster recovery solutions available-to-date, contact us and ask our representative how PCI can help protect your business from illegitimate WiFi scams.