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Risks for unsecured wifi Internet connection

This awareness video is a real example of unsecured wifi network risks and it is part of the awareness series launched by E-Crime Expert started yesterday with Data Safety issues. Wi Fi Internet/network connection opens real vulnerabilities regarding personal files which are accessible to anyone with a laptop/smart phone, PDA, etc. In order to produce this video, E-Crime Expert got connected to a random unsecured wifi network.

This video shows how with one click of a mouse anyone could enter the unsecured personal files such as pictures, music databases, etc.
Sensitive information such as personal photos, work documents, archives are available without any protection from being accessed by anyone on the street.
You should always set a password for your Wifi network. If you don’t know how to do this, you can contact E-Crime Expert (dan@e-crimeexpert.com) for help and advice.
Disclaimer: this experiment did not retrieve, use, stored, copied any personal data, the only purpose for connecting to this unprotected network is a demonstrative one.  
Tips:
•Clear the Cookies of your browser as regularly as possible in order to remove this stored information regarding your user behavior and preferences.

•Clear the web history  and the browser cache

•Clear the search history

•Clear regularly your temporary files, your “Mail Downloads” folder or all the info available on your “Local Storage” under you “Library” folder. That  WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR EXISTING FILES OR FOLDERS ON YOUR COMPUTER, but will prevent you from privacy vulnerabilities and identity theft (e.g. this info can be accessed through an unsecured wifi, on an public wifi in the airport, park, public space, etc.)

•ALWAYS SET UP A PASSWORD for your wifi connection even if it is temporarily used in a hotel or conference room, if available.

•E-crime Expert provides tutorials on how to set up a strong password or what an identification key is. Please contact for more details: www.e-crimeexpert.com
You can watch the video here:

To download the presentation please click here.

If you have any question, contact: dan@e-crimeexpert.com

For more info, visit: www.e-crimeexpert.com

Is this video explanatory enough for you? Have you heard before about this risks? Have you ever been a victim of intrusion through wifi? Do you have a secured wifi Internet connection?

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  1. Radu
    October 3, 2011 at 17:59

    If you set up your own wireless network, be it for your home or your business, you should use at least WPA/WPA2 Personal as a security method. WEP is very close to no security at all: http://lifehacker.com/5305094/how-to-crack-a-wi+fi-networks-wep-password-with-backtrack

  2. Dan Manolescu
    October 3, 2011 at 19:45

    Hello Radu, indeed, you are right WEP (40-bit or 128-bit encryption key) is not a very secure method (as it easy to sniff and record packets) but still is more than nothing. The more efficient one are WPA/WPA2 (256-bit key), and they have in place a message integrity check in order to prevent an attacker from capturing, altering and/or resending data packets.

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