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Stop Using Open Wi-Fi you can get Hacked.

The Internet has become a basic need for survival today.
A single day proves to be hectic without the availability of internet.

But what about the cost, surely today everyone is worried about the internet connection and its cost. And most of the time we are just waiting to find any Wi-Fi connection that can be easily connected.

But wait, Have we ever given a thought, about risks associated with open/ unsecured Wi-Fi connections?

Did you every think, why is the Wi-Fi not protected by its admin?
Surely there can be reasons, isn't it?

Surely every one of us loves Free data connection, but remember so do hackers.

As my experience working as an ethical hacker for Corporate organizations, the first the easiest way to exploit bad hackers by me always was to provide a free Wi-Fi connection. 

Here are the few ways anyone having the ability to use google can hack you if you are using an open Wi-Fi connection or connection not administered by you.

1. Man-in-the-Middle Attacks:

The hacking terms, man-in-the-middle (MITM) is an attack, where a third party ( hacker) grabs communications between two participants. Rather the data being shared directly between server and user, the person brakes the link between the server and the user. The unwanted person then shows the tempered version of a site to display to you, adding in their own requirements and messages.

Anyone using such Wi-Fi is unprotected by such attacks. The information that is transmitted over such connections is never encrypted, by using such connection you don't just get a free data but you even provide hackers with your privacy for free. And believe me, it's very easy for any simple person having the ability to use google to steal your personal details like Email id, passwords, the data stored in your device. By some further practice, even your phone conversations, your private messages, and what do you think now what can a professional hacker steal, if a common internet user can attack you for so may details.

2. Evil Twin/ Fake Wi-Fi Connections:

This is the modification of an MITM attack. The procedure catches your data in transit but neglects any security systems a public Wi-Fi might have.

A few years ago, Doctor Who showed the trouble caused by connecting to a malicious router. In that case, users were integrated into an alien intelligence unlikely. But in reality, victims could be delivering over all their secret information, simply because they were cheated into joining the wrong network.

It’s honestly easy to set up a fake access point (AP), moreover is well worth the effort for any hacker. They can use any device with internet capabilities, comprising a smartphone, to set up an AP with the same name as a real hotspot. Any transferred data transferred after joining a fake network goes through a hacker.

Preventive measures:
Be careful if you see similarly-named connections. If they’re to an associated store or Restaurant, talk to the staff there. Furthermore, alert management if you’re at workplace and spot a fake AP.
We always suggest using a virtual private network (VPN). This authenticates a level of encryption between the end-user and a website, so potentially hijacked data is unreadable by a hacker without the correct decryption key. You’ve plenty of reasons to use a VPN, and one clearly is to fight MITM attacks in their endless forms.

3. Packet Sniffing

It’s an amazing name, but the actual usage of “packet sniffing” is far from its amazing name. This system allows a hacker to gain airborne information then examine it at their own pace.

This is comparatively easy, and not even illegal in some circumstances. Sincerely. Our team members have investigated the risks of using public Wi-Fi.
A device sends a data package across an unencrypted network, which can then be viewed by free software like Wireshark. That’s right: it’s free. Look online and you’ll even understand “how to” guides, explaining to you how to use Wireshark. Why? Because it’s a convenient tool for investigating web traffic, comprising, ironically satisfying, finding cyber criminals and vulnerabilities that need patching.
Nevertheless, hackers can obtain a plenty of data then scan through it at their convenience for valuable information like passwords.

Preventive measures

Again, you need to rely on powerful encryption, so we suggest using a VPN. If you’re not sure about that, make sure sites asking private information use SSL/TSL certificates.

4. Session Hijacking

Sidejacking relies on gathering information via packet sniffing. Rather than using that data retroactively, but, a hacker uses it on-location. Even worse, it avoids some degrees of encryption!

Log-in details are typically sent through an encrypted interface (hopefully) and confirmed using the account information maintained by the website. This then replies using cookies sent to your device. But the latter isn’t always encrypted — a hacker can hijack your session and can gain access to any private accounts you’re logged into.

While Hackers can’t read your password through sidejacking, they could download Keyloggers and other malware, that would collect such data, even including Skype, Facebook, and Other accounts. Moreover, they can get plenty of information to steal your identity.

Public Wi-Fi's are particularly pleading for this hack because there’s typically a high portion of users with open sessions. The browser extension, Firesheep demonstrated how easily sidejacking can be performed, forcing Facebook and Twitter to require HTTPS when signing in.

Preventive Measures:

Again, HTTPS offers a solid level of encryption, so if you actually need to visit sites demanding account/ login information, do it through the secure connection. Furthermore, a VPN should fight sidejacking.

While for an added security measure, make sure you always log out when you’re leaving the connection, or it'll risk letting a hacker proceed to use your session. With Facebook, you can at least check the locations where you’re logged in and sign out remotely.

5. Shoulder-Surfing:

This might appear obvious, but we usually ignore these kinds of shallow safety criteria.
Whenever visiting an ATM, you should monitor those nearby you, making sure no one’s peeking as you enter your PIN. It’s also a threat when it comes to public Wi-Fi. If one or more individuals are hanging around while you’re surfing private sites, stay suspicious. Don’t present anything personal like a password. It’s a very basic scam, but one that certainly still works for enthusiasts and hackers.
A “shoulder surfer” might not even need to be behind you: just observing what you type can give offenders something to work with.

Preventive Measures

Be careful. Identify who’s neighboring you. Seldom, a little bit of fear can help. If you’re not sure of those around you, don’t go on anything private.

Don’t disparage the importance of what you’re filling out or reading either: medical information can be useful to the identity thief, for example. If it’s a document or webpage you wouldn’t want anybody else seeing, take care to stop that right from occurring.

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