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Hacker Shows How Easy it is to Hack Your Smart Devices in Public

Be careful when connecting to public WiFi hotspots.

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Electronic devices these days have made it easier for people to communicate and even perform various tasks because of smart technology. All they need is a network connection and the rest will fall into place. Most of these devices have good intentions but because they rely on network connectivity, they become vulnerable to hack attacks. It seems that the more advanced the technology, the more sophisticated hackers have also become.

With the growing availability of public WiFi hotspots, people can readily access the network, which they may use for personal or work purposes. This may be necessary especially if the users are not home to connect to a private network. But the free use of public connection has an alarming consequence – hackers can easily gain access to unsecured devices without restrictions so long as they are on the same network as the victims.

You may not know it but using free public connection can be risky – because of hacking!

Renowned hacker Jayson Street explained in the video below how hacking can easily be done especially in crowded places. All a hacker needs to have is a device that can penetrate into the system of other people’s devices. One is to fool people into connecting to a public hotspot, which is actually a malicious network connection. Once people connect to this malicious network, personal data can easily flow through and fall into the wrong hands.

Check out this video to see just how easy it is for hackers to hack through people’s smart devices in public:

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Knowing that smart devices are vulnerable, how are we going to use them safely then? Fortunately, there are quick steps to take to keep yourself safe from cyber attacks, whether at home or in the office.

  • Keep your Wi-Fi turned off when not in use.
  • Turn off functions on your smart devices that are not in need.
  • Change default passwords that come with smart devices
  • Before making a purchase on Internet of Things devices, research on the product and make sure you are knowledgeable when it comes to updating its software.
  • Take note of device from certain brands that are known to receive more security problems compared to others.

H/T: The Hacker News

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