CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many airports and other public spaces offer free connections making it easy and convenient for you to log onto the Internet from your tablet, laptop or smartphone.
“Hackers are taking advantage of travelers who want to stay connected,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy. “They are setting up fake Wi-Fi connections designed to steal your personal information without you even knowing it.”
How it works: Although hackers have set up fake Wi-Fi connections in many locations, airports are a favorite hotspot. When searching for available network connections, you may see a connection that could simply be named “Free Wi-Fi” or “Airport Wi-Fi”.
Unfortunately, the network may actually be a peer-to-peer connection – a Wi-Fi hotspot launched by anyone in the general vicinity. You will be able to surf the Internet, but you are doing it through the hacker’s computer.
While you are online, the hacker is stealing your information including passwords, credit card and bank account numbers, and social security numbers from phone or computer.
The BBB offers the following wireless safety advice:
For more information, please visit BBB or call 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C.