Skycure's Tips for Safe Mobile WiFi Networking During the Holidays

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Skycure's Tips for Safe Mobile WiFi Networking During the Holidays

Some free Mall WiFi connections are more dangerous than others, but mobile device users need to be extra careful about connecting during the holiday season.

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Top 10 Shopping Malls for Risky WiFi Networks

Skycure evaluated shopping malls across the United States and found some to be riskier than others. The Fashion Show mall in Las Vegas was ranked as the riskiest, as it had the highest number of potentially malicious WiFi access points that were detected by Skycure. But the remaining nine were in major population centers across the United States, including Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas and Minnesota.

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Free WiFi Can Be Risky

While consumers might be tempted to connect to free WiFi access points, 10 percent of malicious networks have the word “free” in their name, Skycure found.

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Use Apps from Legitimate App Stores

There are multiple instances of malicious shopping apps designs to steal identification and financial information from consumers. While malicious apps can find their way into legitimate app stores, it is less likely the apps are malicious, as both Google and Apple are always checking apps to help protect users.

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Keep Your Mobile OS Up to Date

To help limit the risk of potential threat, it's important for users to always update their mobile operating systems to the most current version.

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Don't Jailbreak Your Mobile Devices

Users are advised not to jailbreak Apple mobile devices or root Android smartphones, as it exposes devices to greater risks. Skycure's analysis found that, overall, the number of jailbroken and rooted devices remains relatively low.

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Mobile Security Risks Grows Over Time

Skycure found that the risk to mobile devices increases the longer the device is on a network. Within the first month of being connected to a network, 19.5 percent of devices will be exposed some form of threat, with that risk growing to 46.4 percent by the fourth month.

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Most Devices Are Already at Risk

Even before users head to a shopping mall, more than half of all devices already are at medium-to-risk, according to Skycure. Risky devices are those that are under cyber-attack or already have been compromised. Skycure's risk score takes into account user behavior, device vulnerabilities and configuration settings.

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11 Revolutionary Advances in Wireless Tech in 2016

"Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we're free at last!" Yes, those were the words used by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, talking about civil rights in the United States. Similar sentiments were used years later when innovators in IT came up with reliable wireless connections between enterprise and user-based computers that enabled people to roam at will without wires and plugs and still get work done and information exchanged. Since mobile phones became mainstream in the 1990s, we've come a long, long way in terms of IT wireless connectivity. You may not have noticed it in its entirety, but in 2016, the industry witnessed more than a simple incremental bump up in wireless capability and user-friendliness; this is due to vastly improved system architectures and software. In this eWEEK slide show, we identify 11 advances in wireless...
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