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YOU LIKE AWOOF INTERNET THROUGH FREE HOTSPOTS OR PUBLIC WIFI - and you connect to your Bank through same, make purchases on e-commerce sites, access your email, Social Media or make transactions online, YOU MAY BE IN DANGER.

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According to the Nigerian Communication Commissions, as at Feb 2019, Nigeria has about 115m internet subscribers of the 173m mobile subscribers.

Of course this doesn't mean 115m people but it shows internet penetration is on the rise from less than 90m 4yrs ago.
Due to the high cost of living, quite a number may not be able to afford subscribing for internet, hence the reliance on free WiFi where ever they are available.

Even those that can afford, also look for free WiFi in public/private places like hotels, cafeteria, etc
I have seen people who connect to random hotspots irrespective of who set them up and what messages they are sharing through those media.

In their minds, it is free internet....let's finish it. Time has proven this may be risky.

With free WiFi comes some vulnerabilities.
Data (username, password, card details, bank information, etc) harvesters intentionally set up hotspots/free WiFi (without password) to provide free internet access in other to get those personal data for malicious intent.

Therefore, you have to be careful.
When you see hotspots that don't have passwords to connect, do not fall for them.

While few may be from people who forgot to password their hotspots, some are set up to provide free internet to collect personal information.
Some fraudsters/hackers mimick corporate or trusted WiFi & Hotspots to deceive unsuspecting public.

While you feel at home chat, emailing or shopping, they are busy logging your personal information for later use.

That's why some corporate don't make their SSID discoverable.
SSID - Service Set Identifier - is the name for a Wi-Fi network.

It is that name you see when you ask your Wireless to discover networks that are within your reach.

If you can't find it, you have increased the odd of being connected to.
Some forget to turn off their Hotspots...unfortunately, unpassworded at times. That leaves you susceptible.

Just as 1234, admin, password, 1960, etc as password are easy meat....keep your password complex and difficult to guess.

Shutdown your hotspot when not in use.
My rule is avoid free hotspots or WiFi to the internet...if you can.

Next, if you have to, make sure you connect to them through secure tunnel/VPN or browsers.

As much as possible, limit exchange of personal information via free internet.

Limit visiting e-commerce websites.
Limit punching your card details on every e-commerce websites.

Better still, have an account with limited funds, disposable and for miscellaneous use....and spend from there not the primary account where your salary drops.
If you have to use free internet in hotels, make sure you read/scan through their internet policy.

Secure connection is critical to your personal information. Ask for it.

Hotels are becoming major targets because they welcome diverse data - bank information from visitors.
"Marriott reveals data breach of 500 million Starwood guests"

For about 327 million guests, the information included "some combination" of:

phone number
email address
passport number
account information
date of birth
arrival and departure information
Many breaches go unreported...don't be a victim.

Jealously guard your personal information, fraudsters are now more ruthless in cashing out where they didn't sow.

They're like the devil looking for data to devour.

Free internet may not be free after all.

#BeWare #BeAware
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