Dangers of WiFi in public places

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Learning basics of IT-Security and Cyber-Security.


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Are YOU aware of the dangers of WiFi on public places? YOU should!

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wifi-hotspotProtect yourself on public WiFi: ALL your data could get seen when not taken the right precautions on a public WiFi Access (HotSpot)…
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First of all, check out to know more about how easy it is to get information about your online communications (passwords and private information…) as also on how easy it is to hijack your accounts while using a public WiFi!!!
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Follow this BBC investigation and be surprised:
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As learned already now from the shown videos above, you will certainly know how to protect you against it? OK, what should we know???
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  • A public, non secured WiFi Access can intercept all of our internet traffic…
  • With special programs (even Freeware programs like FireSheep) it is possible that a third person could break in our PC and MAC and steal our PWs (passwords) and log-ins and also so sending messages with our identity!!! Not really funny isn’t???
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Read here the full article who explains very well:
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Sophos Project Warbike

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Check the video who explains all…

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So how can we protect us against those threats (MAC and Windows and Linux)???
 
By using a public WiFi Access, called also HotSpot it is recommended to use a private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway. 
Such a good and FREE and also for MAC users FREE program is “Hotspot Shield”:

Get behind the SHIELD! 100% FREE!

  • Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.
  • Protect yourself from identity theft online.
  • Hide your IP address for your privacy online.
  • Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
  • Protect yourself from snoopers at WiFi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices.

Works on wireless and wired connections alike. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth.
Works on the PC and the Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 7 and Snow Leopard)

Hotspot Shield protects your entire web surfing session; securing your connection at both your home Internet network & Public Internet networks (both wired and wireless). Hotspot Shield protects your identity by ensuring that all web transactions (shopping, filling out forms, downloads) are secured through HTTPS. Hotspot Shield also makes you private online making your identity invisible to third party websites and ISP’s. Unless you choose to sign into a certain site, you will be anonymous for your entire web session with Hotspot Shield. We love the web because of the freedom that it creates to explore, organize, and communicate. Hotspot Shield enables access to all information online, providing freedom to access all web content freely and securely. Secure your entire web session and ensure your privacy online; your passwords, credit card numbers, and all of your data is secured with Hotspot Shield. Standard antivirus software protects your computer, but not your web activities.

Here is the address to download it http://hotspotshield.com/.

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Check out ALSO the FREEWARE “BlackSheep” who shows you when someone is using “FireSheep“! Knowing your enemy is every time good ;)
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And here is the download link:

What YOU should know about Mobile-Security

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Protection for the SmartPhones

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Any device connecting to public WiFi could get sniffed, even Smartphones, so use DroidSheep Guard to secure your Facebook, eBay, Twitter, LinkedIn etc accounts from “Man In The Middle” attacks on public WiFi!

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Gust MEESGust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and SecurityEnhancement Structure)…......

.The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Stay tuned for next free courses and tutorials ;)

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