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10 Tips To Protect Your Phone From Hackers At The Airport
Verify free public wi-fi
A good way to protect yourself from a public Wi-Fi hack is to verify the connection with a staff member. A better option is to choose a public Wi-Fi connection that is password protected; you'll often find the Wi-Fi name and password on a nearby noticeboard, which guarantees you've chosen the correct internet connection.
VPN & antivirus software
The best way to keep your data safe is by using a VPN (virtual private network) and antivirus software. A VPN protects your phone by hiding your IP address and encrypting data you exchange with the server, while antivirus software detects suspicious activity on your phone and removes it before it accesses crucial information.
Avoid public USB stations
Avoid plugging your charging cable into a public USB port — you may think your phone is charging, but a cyber thief has created a fake USB charging station and is stealing information or infecting your phone with malware. Instead, use your own charger in a standard outlet or your USB power bank.
Avoid sensitive websites
If you connect to free public Wi-Fi, avoid sensitive websites, such as those asking for banking information to facilitate financial transactions, shopping sites, social networks, and any website that requires login info. Sensitive websites expand to those that use personal data, which could put you at risk of identity theft.
Two-factor authentication
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) forces you to provide an extra piece of information once you log into your chosen account, ensuring that the person accessing the account is you. A 2FA that includes a secret answer or a fingerprint scan is your best option and a great solution to ward off cybercriminals.