How Concerning is a Public Wifi Data Breach, Really?

On a scale of one to 10, a public wifi data breach is not a massive concern. It may rank at a six. The issue is that scammers and hackers use public wifi centers to reach more potential targets and to proliferate and pillage data centers. They can collect data retrieved from the wifi and use it for their nefarious purposes. Fortunately, there is a good thing here. Data breaches in a public wifi are generally scattershot. In other words, a hacker has access to fragmented data.

An attack on a wifi network in a public place can have a lot of information in the hands of the hacker. But, the information is scattered about thousands of users. There was no concocted individual target, which makes the threat to the individual far less substantial. The bigger concern may be phishing.

Can Opening an Email Open up a Phishing Scam?

Opening an email is unlikely to cause a phishing breach or a scam. It is, on the other hand, a lead-in to a phishing scam through an attachment. The user has to open the email and then follow that up by opening an attachment. This is the surest way to get hit with a ransomware virus. The threat of this is the same on public wifi as it is with a private network.

it’s All Rather Easy to See

There is a slight saving grace. Most virus scams are actually quite easy to spot. Generally, they are created in the millions and they trickle about the web. Many of them are a few degrees above harmless. They may slow down a computer at worst. But, they can be easily avoided. Simply watch for peculiar emails, random numbers, unknown contacts, and weirdly placed links within emails. With some foresight, most viruses can be easily avoided. Just as importantly, train the staff to keep an eye nd monitor for bad emails. These emails can be placed on a web bulletin board to be used as examples of what to avoid. Proper precautions will help avoid most virus types. Businesses then are apt to crack down on the “big bads” of digital scamming.