Cyber Fraud Part 26: Fraud Using Public Wi-Fi


Cyber Fraud Part 26: Fraud Using Public Wi-Fi

Cybercriminals use public Wi-Fi as a resource to hack into your financial accounts
 
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Cyber fraud is increasingly common, especially with the rise of online transactions. Almost every shop now offers a scanner for mobile payments, making it convenient to pay bills without carrying cash. However, using free public Wi-Fi for such transactions can be dangerous and often leads to fraud.

What is a Free Wi-Fi Scam?

Cybercriminals exploit public Wi-Fi to hack into your financial accounts. They use these networks to trick people into their traps. While free public Wi-Fi is convenient, it can also be a medium for scams. Hackers can send malware through these connections to steal sensitive information, including access to your bank accounts.

Raju

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How to Avoid This Scam?

  1. Use Secured Wi-Fi: Always connect to a secure Wi-Fi network.
  2. Inform the nearest cybercrime police station and use the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal if you encounter fraud.https://cybercrime.gov.in/
  3. Avoid Public Wi-Fi for Transactions: It’s easier for hackers to access devices on public Wi-Fi.
  4.  Enable 2-Factor Authentication: Add an extra layer of security to your accounts.
  5. Install Anti-Virus Software:Protect your device from malware.
  6. Disable Auto-Connect: Ensure your device doesn’t automatically connect to networks.
  7. Turn Off Wi-Fi When Not in Use:Prevent unwanted connections by disabling Wi-Fi when it’s not needed.
  8. Install a Firewall:Add another layer of protection.
  9. Apply Security Updates:Keep your device updated with the latest security patches.
  10. Secure Browser Settings:Adjust your browser’s security settings.
  11. Regular Software Updates:Update your software to get the latest security fixes.
  12. Look for HTTPS: Ensure the web address starts with HTTPS for a secure connection, but remain cautious as scammers also use HTTPS.
  13. Use Mobile Data:Prefer mobile data over public Wi-Fi when handling sensitive information.
  14. Use VPN:VPNs provide encryption and can protect your data on public Wi-Fi.

Source: Raju & The Forty Thieves

 

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