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What Hacker Can See When You Connect To Them On Public WiFi

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What Hacker Can See When You Connect To Them On Public WiFi

A man has shown the scary amount of information a hacker could gain access to if you connect to them over public WiFi.

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Matthew Linkert, from Canada, posted a clip to TikTok showing the dangers of sharing too much information over public WiFi that could be compromised by a hacker.

In the clip, Matt explained: "Want to know what a hacker sees when you connect to him over free WiFi?

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"I got my fake WiFi access point all set up, I decided to call it Starbucks Free WiFi. Let it connect to my iPad.

"And just like that the log-in page comes up. I enter my email and password, hit connect - that's the internal IP for my iPad. Go down to 'view log' - expanded it a few times, but that's my email and password.

"You can also set up pages to prompt downloads or even enter phone numbers.

"Let's say you clicked that download button - they could set it up so that it's a virus and when you open it up they have access to whole your computer.

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Credit: TikTok/@mattlinkert_
Credit: TikTok/@mattlinkert_

"And if you visit any websites that are HTTPs they'll come up right there - for example, University of Florida as you can see its non-secure, which means its HTTP, and every image and everything you're doing comes up right here."

Matt recommends being extra careful when using public WiFi and suggests using a VPN to keep yourself safe.

Matt's followers were pretty freaked out when they saw how much information someone could pick up, with one replying: "Never ever using public WiFi again."

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Someone else wrote: "I am amazed by this. Thank you for sharing the tips."

Another said simply: "This is so scary."

This isn't the first time Matt has posted a helpful video showing the dangers of hackers.

Just last month, he posted a clip in which he showed what could happen if someone hacked into your computer.

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Pointing out that it is for 'educational purposes only', Matt says: "This specific programme is called 'Orcus', it's a RAT, which stands for 'Remote Administration Tool', and it's used to access your computer, see all your files, your webcam, your keyboard strokes, everything."

In a later video, Matt points out that you can't actually get Orcus anymore, and that you shouldn't try to anyway.

Stay safe out there, guys.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@mattlinkert_

Topics: Interesting, Technology, tiktok

Claire Reid
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