It’s hard to believe, but the FBI has recently announced that Wi-Fi Hotspots might not be secure.
I read it here, so it must be true… 😉
In a way I am glad to see public notices like this. Maybe if the FBI draws attention to the problems, average people will pay attention to the solution. Of course, their mitigation suggestions include the “keep your computer patched, use firewall and encryption” routine.
The sad part is that you can do all of these things and still fall victim to a number of security issues such as dns poisoning, DHCP spoofing, social engineering and a myriad of other problems. I guess that is a perfect reason why we push so hard for average folks to use our HoneyPoint:Network Trust Agent product. At less than 10 bucks, it adds yet more capability and ease of use to protecting even non-technical users when they are on untrusted networks, including wi-fi.
Public networks are likely to remain unsafe for users who are not vigilant for a long time to come. Firewalls and patches can help keep them safe, but until they make better decisions about information security and can resist many of the basic attacks that leverage social engineering and the like, free wi-fi will likely be a cyber-wild west for a while longer.
If you want to hear more about protecting mobile users against public network threats, drop us a line. Until then, we will wait to hear from the FBI. Maybe they can help us get the word out that there is help available for wi-fi users.