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Fake hotspots targeting iPhone users

August 30, 2010 by Jake Simms
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Security

You sit down at an off-campus coffee shop and log onto a secure WiFi connection — but is it really?

If you log onto a fake “hot spot,” you could be revealing all your banking, credit card and personal info to a hacker who’s closer than you think.

Hackers count on people in coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, airports, etc., to log onto the strongest WiFi connection available. Too many victims don’t realize that they’re not connecting to a legit service.

Here’s the worst part: Laptops aren’t the only target — cell phones are vulnerable too. Hackers are wreaking havoc with iPhone users now too.

Your best bets:

1) Check with the establishment about the name and password for its secure WiFi connection. Be wary of a strong connection called “Free WiFi” or something similar. It could be fake.

2) Don’t use your real name, Social Security number or credit card number when browsing the ‘Net using a free or pay WiFi connection. Why tempt fate?

Have you fallen prey to a fake hot spot before? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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