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Evil twin

Evil twin

Evil twin definition

An evil twin attack is a type of cyberattack in which a criminal sets up a fake Wi-Fi network that looks like legitimate Wi-Fi to steal the user’s private data.

Evil twin attack example

A hacker sets up a fake Wi-Fi hotspot in a public place like a cafe or airport. Then the hacker sets up a fake captive portal where they can collect the victim’s sensitive data like their name, phone, email, and credentials.

Stopping an evil twin attack

  • Never log in to your accounts on public Wi-F without proper protection
  • Use a VPN
  • Only visit HTTPS websites
  • Never dismiss your device’s warnings about an unsecured network

Further reading

Ultimate digital security