| Dirk Averesch |
BERLIN (dpa) – An active but unused WiFi connection on a smartphone or tablet can be an invitation to hackers.
WiFi and Bluetooth should both be turned off when they’re not immediately needed, advises the TUV, an agency that rates consumer products in Germany.
With active WiFi there’s the risk that the device will automatically connect to an unsecured network. And if one then uses an e-mail app to connect with the mail server and transmits the account’s username and password it’s possible for an attacker to capture this sensitive information.
Hackers might not only be able to get information about the e-mail account but by using the “Forgotten password” feature could gain access to other accounts and services that use that e-mail address, the experts warn.
Of course that would be even easier if the user uses the e-mail password for other services too, something experts advise strongly against.