Recently, Mashable wrote a piece warning users of public wifi, like that provided at Starbucks, could be the victims of hackers. Although there are very few Starbucks coffee shops in Australia, there are parallels we can draw with other fast food restaurants providing free public wifi.
According to ThreatMetrix, a provider of cybercrime prevention solutions, some hackers even leave malicious USB drives on tables for curious customers to plug into their devices. This allows them to retrieve personal information and even social network passwords. Although this may seem unlikely, ThreatMetrix says the scenario actually occurs.
Cybercriminals can also use video cameras on a mobile device to capture what you’re doing nearby. This means if you are entering your credit card or email login information into a smartphone, you could be recorded doing so. Creepy, right?
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