When traveling, at trade shows or when visiting a client or customer, a wireless access point (AP) can offer the most direct way to connect to the web. And the most dangerous, too.
Beware “rogue” access points (RAPs). They’re out there ready to get you when you expect it least.
Rogue access points pop up on your device’s network menu with labels that look like what you’d expect to see when trying to gain access to a system in a public or semi-public space.
They pop up in coffee shops, hotel lobbies and hallways, on trade show floors, commuter trains or at airports. The network label at Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, for example, reads FlyReagan. But someone may have set up a RAP labeled FlyReagan or FlyDCA for their own (read: dark) purposes.
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