Lookout Mobile Security has put out a safety warning for anyone using Wi-Fi in public areas. Researchers have found that some Android applications are vulnerable to unwanted visitors over an insecure or hostile Wi-Fi connection. Anyone with an Android device running platform 2.3.3 or lower that uses Google calendar or contacts for example is at risk for such an attack. The hacker can track your data and even get into your personal files! Here are a few safety steps that can be taken to help ward off unwelcome visitors:
- When your device manufacturer offers a “system update,” update your phone immediately to the latest version of Android.
- Ensure that you are using a secured WiFi network. To make sure you are, check “Settings” on your phone and only connect to networks that require a password. Avoid using free WiFi hotspots such as those in coffee shops and airports.
- Let your device forget any public networks to which you previously connected. To prevent automatic reconnection, click on the open network name, hold down until you see a menu, then click “forget.”
Make sure your Gmail settings are also set to the more secure browser connection as well:
Social Network apps like Facebook are also magnets for this kind of thing so check out below on how you can configure your settings to make yourself safe:
Public Wi-Fi connections can be very convenient but don’t forget they can be very DANGEROUS! Please check all of your application settings and make sure to upgrade to the latest firmware versions on your phones and devices. Android Platforms 2.3.4 and above are not affected by this, but never be to careless and keep yourselves smart and safe!