Protected Voices: Wi-Fi

Protected Voices: Wi-Fi


Hi, I’m Raushaunah, a special agent with
the FBI. I’m here to talk about some of the dangers
associated with using public Wi-Fi. Campaigns today need to connect in real time
to potential voters, campaign workers, and volunteers. However, you’ve got to take precautions
to secure your communications and online activity. This is especially true when using public,
or open, Wi-Fi. Cyber attackers can and do take advantage
of public Wi-Fi in a variety of ways. Before getting into those, however, let’s
clarify what public, or open, Wi-Fi means. It can mean anything from a simple unlocked
Wi-Fi connection where anyone can connect their device, like at a coffee shop or a mall,
to a hotel Wi-Fi connection, which may only require a simple password like your room number. Which means any Wi-Fi connection where you
do not maintain administrator control of the wireless router has the potential to be easily
used against you. There are multiple methods attackers can use
to target you and your data. For example: There’s the man in the middle attacks, where
attackers intercept your data as it transits to and from your system. Intercepts of unencrypted traffic: If the
router is not set to use encryption, your data can be intercepted, or it can be used
to deliver malware directly to your device. And then there are rogue access points, or
fake Wi-Fi connections, typically using names similar to legitimate access point in hope
that users will log on and allow attackers to intercept all of your Internet traffic. In other words, you may think you’re on
a trusted network because it has the right name, but anyone can name their Wi-Fi network
whatever they want, and criminals exploit this vulnerability. These are just a few of the methods by which
attackers can steal your data or compromise your device when you use public Wi-Fi. Now, there are several steps you can take
to help protect your information. Use a virtual private network, or VPN, to
encrypt your data. Watch our VPN video to learn more about this
tool. Be sure the sites you use or visit are HTTPS
enabled, which confirms the website is using encryption. Websites that use only HTTP are not secure. Do not enable file sharing on your device. Don’t set your device to autoconnect to
available networks. Disable your device’s Wi-Fi connections
when they are not in use. And finally, avoid sensitive transactions
like shopping, banking, and sensitive work that requires passwords or credit card information. Securing your information on both your campaign
device and your personal device should be everyone’s priority. While the steps I’ve outlined won’t thwart
every attack, they’re a good starting point for using Wi-Fi safely. Remember, your voice matters, so protect it.

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