Using Free WiFi? Read this….

First, we cried Free Mandela. Next came Free Love, then Free Willy. Eventually, we see Free WiFi all over. The Millennial Creed.

Data is expensive, in my country at least twenty times dearer than even the worst in the USA. It stands to reason that #socialmedia junkies will crave for free Internet access. There always is a quest for the cyberholy grail, Free WiFi.

These hotspots are very unsafe and are best avoided. A rat, meaning a hacker, may be lurking and inject malicious code into the wireless router. The router then will allow him access to any or all devices connected wirelessly to it.

Hackers now can take control of your pukka smartphone or other device, without you even knowing. He can access all your data, steal passwords, banking information and clone your ID.

You also put every person in your contacts at risk as he can now send messages to then all, maybe include a cute emoji that contains a spyware bot – voila! Your entire cyber community betrayed because you wanted a free ride.

In 2018, would you go down to the dockyards for a one night stand, using no protection? No, if you had any margin of sense, of course you wouldn’t. Why take your smart device down a similar road?

Practise a safe connectivity regiment. Don’t let your devices sleep around, promote cyber chastity and prudence.

Read more about malware and cyber attacks here>

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Author: Filosopete 🇿🇦

#blessedbeyondrecognition

2 thoughts on “Using Free WiFi? Read this….”

  1. The cost in SA is a problem. In the UK I use4G almost all the time if I am not at home or in the office – it’s the most secure method.
    Away from home, with no 4G I normally stay off public WiFi. I have thought about investing in a VPN, but never really got around to it. Most apps I use function offline, so its not normally a problem.

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    1. I use my own LTE connections wherever I go, a friend with a degree in biotechnology also boasts all manner of Cisco certification, MCP, LP1, etc. Another was head of security on Africa’s then biggest mainframe. Between them, I learned a lot. My own expertise dates back to pre-wireless. It looks like a minefield to me, yet following basic protocol should be safe. My son showed me how fast he hacked into anything Android, but he has advanced skills as he also easily broke into an iPhone 5 when SA’s security experts flew to the USA in an effort to get into Oscar Pistorius’ phone. The jury is out on that. Unplug, be safe.

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