WiFi hotspot protection: keep hackers out


POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 7:51am

UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 7:52am

   Now-a-days your smartphone knows just about everything. Your name, your number, your friends' birthdays, your favorite songs and even your exact location.

   So with all this information plugged into your device, it is important to make sure you are the only once with access. And hackers aim for once place more than others, places with public WiFi.

   "When you're in a public place like Starbucks or McDonalds or wherever you're at they could be outside in the parking lot and you don't see them because you're concentrating on what you're doing," said Josh Fowler. "You don't even know it's happening."

   Fowler works for Samsung in Best Buy and says hackers have access to a lot more than you think.

    "Name, address, phone numbers, contacts, bank information, credit card information, you name it," Fowler said.

   "Most of the hackers are looking for banking information once they get it they're in an out without you even having a knowledge that they were doing that," said City of Tyler Chief Information Officer Benny Yazdanpanahi.

   But there is a way to stop this from happening. It is called VPN or Virtual Private Network. It is basically a tunnel that hides your IP address and keeps other people from hacking into your information. With VPN you can do all the web browsing you want -- safely.

"It's best to protect yourself," Yazdanpanahi said. "Make sure you're using VPN. Make sure you're protecting all your assets with passwords."

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