Following the increase in attack cases, Microsoft offers a guide to avoid data theft.
At a time when free public Wi-Fi networks – available virtually everywhere on the planet – have become the most convenient method of connecting, people are more susceptible than ever to cyberattacks.
As a result of the growing number of cases of data theft in Latin America, Microsoft Argentina offers a series of recommendations to avoid falling into technological traps.
Cybercriminals spy on networks and try to intercept the data that is transferred over these links. Thus, you can access bank credentials, account passwords and other people’s valuable information.
By using public Wi-Fi, users expose their online activity and personal data – whether via their computers or mobile phones – to a variety of threats including spying, malware distribution and even bitcoin mining.
the seven keys
Given this scenario, Microsoft Argentina prepared a list with the seven (7) main recommendations so that all people can protect their information and their devices when accessing a public Wi-Fi network:
Check the connection. When logging into the Wi-Fi of a hotel, cafeteria, airport library it is necessary to verify the exact name of the network with an employee to avoid deception.
Connect to an encrypted network. These networks require a bit more work to connect because you will usually have to enter a password. Although it is essential to have this level of security, especially in public places.
Shopping under the magnifying glass. For adults and children alike, it’s easy to get distracted and sucked in by the online offerings. It’s not uncommon to be tempted to buy something, not realizing that personal information could be at risk.
Before putting the card it is convenient to be sure that the site offers the minimum guarantees in the purchase.
Disable automatic connection to Wi-Fi. If the phone automatically joins surrounding networks, users can disable this feature in their settings. It is essential to avoid connecting to unknown networks or networks that are of doubtful veracity.
Turn off WI-FI when finished. Computers or phones can still transmit data even when not in use. It is important to ensure that the network’s Wi-Fi has been disabled when you are finished using it.
Avoid financial transactions. If the only available connection is a public network, it is important to avoid transactions that imply a high degree of confidentiality.
This consideration includes banking operations, purchases or any type of activity that requires the use of passwords or credit card or social security numbers.
It is better to wait until you reach a secure network to carry out these types of personal transactions and to use a secure browser.
Search HTTPS. Fake or unsafe websites will not have the “s” enabled in their address. Also, you need to display the little lock icon in the address bar to confirm a secure connection.
Even those who take all possible security precautions could run into trouble. Therefore, it is essential to have a solid Internet security solution installed on all computers.
These solutions continuously run a malware scan on all files on the device. Understanding the risks of Wi-FI will prevent business and personal data from becoming part of another hacking statistic.