With the shopping season upon us we wanted to give you some safe shopping tips to help keep you protected while you are out-and-about.
Free Wi-Fi is a great thing; it saves data usage on your cell phone plan, and allows you to access all of the great things the internet has to offer. Like all good things there are people out there who are looking to ruin the fun for the rest of us. Knowledge is power and with the know how you can protect yourself from these attacks, and ensure that you have a happy holiday season.
Connecting to an unsecured network can effectively expose your device, and your personal information to an unwanted third party. This can happen in a couple of different ways, via a passive attack or an active attack.
During a passive attack1 the hacker captures all of your network traffic in an almost invisible state. While tuned into your device they can capture gigabytes of network traffic and store it for later use. The data they collect can be anything from passwords, to account names, to other personal information that you would not want exposed.
The second style of attack is an active attack1, it is very noticeable, and the hacker essentially takes over your device. While the hacker has control of your device they can steal your information and attempt to destroy your device during their visit. Once the hacker has control of your device it is almost impossible to stop the attack, unless the device is destroyed.
Keep these things in mind before you hit connect on our mobile device. Check back on Monday (Cyber Monday), we will feature tips on how to shop safely online.