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