Network Security – Local Communication

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Hackers in public places will eavesdrop on your smart device.

Turn off your “local” communications features (e.g. Bluetooth, AirDrop, network sharing) when in public places.

There is a real risk of operating your device in a public place, even if you are using a VPN: eavesdroppers to your “local area” communications; including file/printer sharing, Bluetooth, and AirDrop. When in public, turn them off! While on, any nearby scammers can gain access to your device and do damage.
● On a Windows computer, go to Settings → Network and Internet → Sharing Options → turn off file and printer sharing.
● For Macs, go to System Preferences, then Sharing, and unselect everything. Then head to Finder → AirDrop → select Allow me to be discovered by: No One.
● For your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings → General → AirDrop → Receiving Off.

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