Hi guys,

I hope you are well. I have been asked a couple of times about the security risks associated with sharing your Wi-Fi hotspot on your mobile device. I think in a nutshell, the answer is that you should be very careful about sharing your Wi-Fi hotspot. If you have the shared only share with people who trust. Please read on and I will explain the reasons why.

Sharing your mobile hotspot can introduce several security risks, especially if not managed properly. Here are some of the main risks associated with sharing your mobile hotspot:

Unauthorized Access: If your network security key (password) is weak or widely known, unauthorized users could gain access to your mobile hotspot. This could lead to unauthorized use of your data plan and potentially slow down your internet connection.

Data Snooping and Interception: If someone connects to your hotspot and has malicious intent, they could potentially intercept the data transmitted over the network. This includes emails, passwords, and other sensitive information if not properly encrypted.

Exposure to Malware: Malicious users connected to your hotspot could potentially distribute malware or viruses to connected devices, especially if those devices are not properly secured with updated antivirus software.

Network Manipulation: A sophisticated attacker could potentially manipulate your network to redirect your traffic to phishing websites or intercept data by performing a Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attack.

Legal and Compliance Issues: If someone uses your hotspot to conduct illegal activities online, it could be traced back to your internet connection, potentially causing legal issues for you.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments advice but anything at all.

Sending you all the best,
Max Roberts