The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued guidance on securing wireless devices in public places.

The National Security System (NSS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) teleworkers can use the Cybersecurity Information Sheet “Securing Wireless Devices in Public Settings” from the National Security Agency (NSA) to identify potential threats and minimise risks to their wireless devices and data.

Through Bluetooth, public Wi-Fi, and Near-Field Communications (NFC), a short-range wireless technology, cyber attackers may infect gadgets. Personal and corporate data, passwords, and devices are all at danger as a result of this. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, wearables, and other devices that can connect to public wireless technology are examples. The Cybersecurity Information Sheet explains how to spot potentially dangerous public Wi-Fi connections, secure popular wireless technologies, and better safeguard devices and data.

The National Security Agency (NSA) identifies harmful tactics used to attack each technology and offers specific advice, such as avoiding public Wi-Fi in favour of a personal or business mobile hotspot with strong authentication and encryption. If users must connect to public Wi-Fi, they should take the appropriate measures, such as encrypting traffic via a personal or business virtual private network (VPN).

The information provided throughout helps users understand the hazards associated with utilising public wireless technology and allows them to make informed decisions about how much risk they are willing to take. When not in use, the NSA recommends turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.

As part of its duty to safeguard the DoD, DIB, and NSS, the NSA made this material public.

Reference : NSA (National Security Agency)

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