Travel tip: Beware of airport wi-fi “honeypots” (Bettnet)

Here’s a little reminder for those of you who will be traveling over Christmas and will be taking your laptop along to while away the hours in the terminal.

Beware of open wi-fi hotspots in the airport. That free hotspot may in reality be a “honeypot,” a trap designed to fool unsuspecting travelers into exposing their computers and data to hackers.

I was recently at New York’s JFK airport in the JetBlue terminal, where they have prominent signs offering free wi-fi, courtesy of the airline. But when I went to connect, I noticed that several options were available including one labeled “default” and another labeled “JetBlue free hotspot.” It turns out that the former was the actual free hotspot and the latter was the honeypot. (Of course, JetBlue could have averted some of this by actually renaming their router something useful like, say, “JetBlue free hotspot” instead of leaving the unhelpful “default” moniker it came out of the box with.) (more…)

[via Lifehacker]