Have you visited an Evil Twin lately?
The front page of the Seattle Times last week featured an article written by an LA Times reporter about wifi security risks. “Wi-Fi worry: Laptops at risk of attack” mentions a lot of the issues we hear people dealing with every day: concerns about connecting to the wrong wifi hotspot, worries about email and web browsing privacy, fears regarding security on your home wireless network, etc. The sidebar has some great ideas about how to address some of these, including changing your router’s wireless network name (SSID), making sure all of your software has the latest and greatest security updates, and making sure you know what you’re sharing from your laptop when it connects to a hotspot.
Of course, Network Magic is a great way to keep track of your wireless security. Network Magic’s PC Shield feature automatically locks down your shared folders when you connect to a wifi hotspot, so if your laptop accidentally connects to the wrong wireless network, all of the information on your laptop will still be safe.
And what’s an Evil Twin, you might still be asking? It’s a wifi hotspot set up by a hacker that has the same wireless network name as another known network (usually one that’s nearby). If you’ve connected to the “good” wireless network before, next time you show up, your computer might accidentally connect to the Evil Twin network, putting your computer at risk.