Canadian Mounted Police Warnings about Public WiFi

If you walk down the street and decide to connect to a WiFi network that appears to be available, you must be very careful, according to the Canadian Mounted Police .

The security insiders warned citizens on Friday about the existence of several wireless networks that make users believe that they are networks of a police or health centre, with the intention of attracting users to connect their devices.

This is known as WiFiHoneypot (honey pot), a strategy used by criminals to access the user’s device, and perhaps, sensitive information.

The RCMP indicates that there have been reports of wireless networks that use names that make the user believe that they are police, firemen or paramedics.

In general, these networks appear “open”, which means that you do not need a password to access them.

The user does not know who manages this network, he or she may not be aware of what this service is capable of once they connect their device. If you get to establish a link between your device (computer or phone) and these fraudulent networks could have access to your information, as well as control some of your components such as the camera or microphone .

This technique to carry out frauds has existed for many years, but the announcement of the RCMP makes it clear, that there has been a rise in this type of crime.

The authorities do not say, however, in which cities have been labeled the most for this type of fraud, so its alert is for Canadians from one end of the country to the other.

Some recommendations
Avoid connecting as much as possible to networks that are “open” , even if they have familiar names.

Whenever you can (and when not use it) keep your phone’s Wi-Fi option off in public places, and thus avoid automatically connecting to a network that you already had access to in the past and it was recorded in your history.

Always protect your own wireless network in your home , with a key of great complexity and regularly checking which devices are connected to your network.

If you notice any problems when connecting to a public network, contact your telecommunications company. If you believe you have been the victim of illegal activity, contact the police in your city.

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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