In the spirit of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and in the wake of several large data breaches, the BBB would like to remind you to double-check before connecting to free wi-fi hotspots. Scammers can sometimes use fake wi-fi hotspots to steal personal information and/or gain access to your device. How the Scam Works: You are at a coffee shop, airport, hotel lobby, or other public places, and you want to connect to the wi-fi. You search for connections and find one nearby. It may be labeled something generic like "Free Public Wi-Fi." This may look harmless, but don't connect. It is really a scam! Some fake wi-fi hotspots claim to be charging a small fee to use the connection. After a user connects, they are prompted to enter credit card information. Of course, this info is shared with the scammer. In another version, a hacker inserts him or herself between your computer and the wi-fi connection. Everything you do online – such as make a purchase or log into an account – is now transmitted through the scammer's computer. This means they can now access any passwords, credit card information, and other data you've entered online.
To protect yourself from a wi-fi scam -
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