This article from C/NET offers great advice for shoppers at malls this holiday season who might unsuspectingly access "free" public Wi-Fi, unwaware that they're really logging onto fraudulent access points that allow their accounts to be hacked.
It's actually great advice, period, whether during the holidays or at a mall, just public Wi-Fi in general, full of easy tips to protect yourself. Plus the article includes some fascinating stories about real-life hacks by people who set them up to prove a point and ultimately protect people -- including one by an 11-year-old boy who won a Science Fair by proving how easy it is to fake Wi-Fi portals at a mall.
"Think of public Wi-Fi as hackers' on-ramp to the rest of us, giving them free rein to collect our usernames and passwords and read our texts and emails," the article notes.
The article is written by Laura Hautala, and you can find it here. Well-worth checking out.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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