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If You Use Someone’s Wi-Fi, Can They See Your Texts?

by stacy

Privacy is something that we all agree on when it comes to online activities. You want to ensure that no one can access your private digital content, whether you’re a student, employee, tourist, or student. Many of us have asked one or more of these questions.

Can a teacher read my texts about mocking him when I’m connected to a school Wi-Fi?

Is it possible for my boss to see that I don’t like my job and go online with a wireless connection? Can I share my feelings and thoughts in a chat and let him know?

Is it easy for some hacker to read my screen and steal my data while I’m walking across a public square, chatting over a public Wi-Fi network?

My partner can I have access to my messages at my home with my phone off, while using the fact that we share the same network?

The short answer is – mostly NO. It is possible to do it with some reacharounds.

If you want to learn how and why, what are the exceptions, and what needs to be done in order to read someone’s texts or screen contents, keep reading to the end of this blog.

How can hackers not see your messages when you use Wi-Fi online?

Two types of text messages can be sent by mobile phone users.

The SMS (Short Messages Service or Multimedia Messages Service), and the MMS (Multimedia Messages Service), are two types of chat messages that can be exchanged using popular platforms and programs (Viber and WhatsApp, FB messenger, etc.). Most PC users use the latter.

SMS and MMS messages are sent over a mobile network, and vulnerability has no effect on whether you use WiFi or not.

The majority of chat apps and other services use this method. end-to-end encryption (E2EE). Your messages are encrypted on your phone before they can be sent. They remain encrypted all the way to the end user’s device, where they are being decrypted back to the readable text.

What is the best way to have someone read my text messages?

An attacker can read messages sent using end-to end encryption by either finding a way of installing spy software or remote control software on your smartphone, (2) intercepting and then decrypting messages between end-users or (3) finding a way for the attacker to imitate the end user, decrypt the message and then read it, and then forward it to him in order to avoid detection.

Let’s go from the top.

1.         Remote access software options like AnyDesk are numerous. TeamViewerYou can also use them for other purposes. To exploit them, an attacker must install them on your device, and then allow you to connect with his device without your being aware. If he manages to do this, he can see your screen and all of the activities you are doing in real time. He can even control your device as if it were his. But this does not have to do with whether or not you are using Wi-Fi. It will work as long you’re online and using any type of internet connection.

Keyloggers are another software that can be used in order to read your text. Keyloggers come in both software and hardware.

The hardware version plugs into your computer or laptop. It receives keyboard signals and stores them in internal memory. Or it relays them to an attacker. These kinds of attacks are more likely to happen if you often use the same, publicly accessible computer in an internet café or library because the attacker needs to plug the device into the victim’s computer.

Software keyloggers may be sent as attachments to the victim or hidden within a file. Most security software will detect them and notify the user before they are installed. An unaware user can still allow the installation to be done manually and give the attacker full access to the keyboard inputs.

2.         While being on the same Wi Fi network may make intercepting encrypted messages slightly easier, it is still difficult to decrypt them. This requires sophisticated software and hardware. It is also time-consuming. This kind of privacy invasion will not happen unless you are on the top most wanted list.

3.         Another option to access your texts is to mimic the end user. This technique is also known by Man-In-The-Middle. These types of attacks are prevented by most end-to-end encryption protocols that use some type of endpoint authentication.

Also, it is worth mentioning that some of the less popular messenger services don’t use end-to-end encryption. Attackers can easily access these services and use them to communicate with their users.

How can I protect myself when I’m sharing Wi-Fi with unknown people?

To keep your devices, chats, and private data safe, there are some simple steps you can take.

Never leave your phone unattended.

This will block anyone from accessing your phone or computer physically, which can be used to bypass security measures and install spy software or remote control software. Use reliable VPN software.

Virtual Private Networks, also known as VPNs, are software programs that allow you to create a private network. It encrypts all communication over the internet, making it extremely difficult to hack.

Pay attention to the icon of the lock on the left side of your browser’s address bar.

If it shows unlocked, don’t download anything and totally avoid it if possible.

The lock icon tells you if the website has an SSL Certificate. SSL stands to Secure Socket Layer. This protocol allows encrypted, secure communication between your browsers and the server.

Summary

Even if using the same Wi-Fi network doesn’t allow the owner to access your private data or read your texts, it can make you vulnerable to attacks. These attacks can be prevented by following a few simple tips. First, don’t leave any of your devices unlocked and unattended. VPN software is recommended for connecting to the internet. Use VPN software to communicate through Viber, FB messenger and similar services.

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