I read that connecting to free wifi like in hotels or airports can download malware to your phone.
How does that work and is it something that bitdefender blocks?
Malware can get onto your phone when you connect to free Wi-Fi networks, like in hotels or airports, in a few ways:
1) Man-in-the-middle attacks: Attackers intercept your connection and impersonate legitimate websites. They can redirect you to fake sites, steal your login info when you enter it.
2) Malicious hotspots: Attackers create fake Wi-Fi hotspots that look real. When you connect, they can put malware on your phone.
3) Infected downloads: Downloading files from infected websites can install malware. Free Wi-Fi may make you more likely to download from unfamiliar sites.
Bitdefender prevents malware downloads from free Wi-Fi by:
1) Blocking malicious websites.
2) Watching for suspicious network activity and stopping malware installation attempts.
3) Scanning downloaded files for malware before installation.
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