Public Wi-fi a Hotspot For Hackers

Tips on safe use of public Wi-Fi.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Jan 10, 2011
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Many people find using the Internet in the same setting can weaken productivity, and use one of many venues with Wi-Fi to break up the monotony. Galloway Patch however, cautions that a few precautions should be taken before venturing out into the hotspots. Wi-Fi hotspots not only attract people looking for a change of scenery, they make great targets for identity thieves because most people don’t adequately prepare their computers for public use. Within minutes, a hacker could break into an ill-prepared computer. It is suggested that any computer that will be used in public needs an active firewall to monitor traffic coming to and from a computer, and blocking any traffic deemed suspicious.

"While a change of scenery can do wonders for productivity, it’s important to take a few simple precautions before using a public wifi hotspot. Anyone with a wifi-enabled computer can access a hotspot as long as they are close enough to it."

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