It is recommended to turn off Wi-Fi at all times when not in use, since fraudsters have many technical capabilities to steal data in their arsenal. This was announced by the director of information security of the company Awillix Alexander Gerasimov in an interview with the agency “Prime”.
“For example, having once connected to the MT_FREE network, a smartphone will always connect to networks with this name without warning. An attacker only needs to create his own access point with the name MT_FREE – and the smartphone will connect to it, ”the expert said. According to him, after that, scammers can intercept traffic, see transmitted passwords and bank card numbers.
In addition, cybercriminals can create a phishing Captive Portal – a page that opens after connecting to a Wi-Fi network and requires the user to perform some actions to gain access to the Internet. Through it, fraudsters can collect personal data from victims.
Earlier, ESET cybersecurity expert Jack Moore spoke about the dangers of the popular WhatsApp messenger. He also named ways to protect the messaging app from scammers and hackers. Moore does not recommend that users connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks on a smartphone without using a VPN, because in this case, hackers can find out the unique MAC address of the phone and use it to get the victim’s data. The expert also urged to download the WhatsApp application only from trusted sources – from the official App Store or Google Play.