Free WiFi exposes passwords of bank accounts, digital expert warns

Marcus Amudipe
Marcus Amudipe



An information security specialist, David Dada, claims that people who use their mobile devices to access the internet via free WiFi are putting their passwords and other sensitive financial information at risk.

He stated this during a live interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Monday.

“When you are using unsecured WiFi, a lot of your transactions have been spoofed by someone else, and somebody else is watching what you are doing.

“You go to the supermarket, you go to the airport, you go to public places and you see unsecured WiFi and you decide to log in. The moment you log on to that, it is very dangerous,” he stated.

The expert asserted that he is capable of creating the “evil twin” network and making it free, adding that users who are likely to be drawn to it are unintentionally exchanging anything in return.

“When you see free WiFi, you are actually paying for it in a way. I give you free internet but I am going to take your information.

“I am gonna your passwords, your username, and tokens and I will store it somewhere. You get off my network, I go somewhere and pick all the things in your bank accounts and I go home and you can’t trace me anywhere,” he said.

The expert pointed out that once free WiFi is accessed, digital footprints are left behind regardless of the type of security platform a user has on his or her mobile device.

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