How to select Wi-Fi networks to treat as insecure
October 2, 2023
To select Wi-Fi networks to treat as insecure:
- Open the main application window.
- In the main application window, click the button.
- Select Settings → Smart Protection.
- Switch the toggle to On. You will then be asked to accept the Smart Protection Statement.
- Read the statement and, if you accept the terms of data processing for Smart Protection functionality, click Accept.
If you do not accept the terms of the statement, click Decline. In this case, the Smart Protection feature configuration will be unavailable.
- Click the Settings button.
This opens the Smart Protection window.
- Click the insecure link to open the Which Wi-Fi networks to treat as insecure window.
- Specify the settings that Kaspersky VPN Secure Connection will use to determine that a network is insecure:
- Not password protected networks. In a network that is not password protected, data is transmitted on the air in a non-encrypted form, making it easy for hackers to intercept. By default, the application always prompts you to enable secure connection when connecting to a network that is not password protected. This setting cannot be changed.
- Networks with weak data encryption. By exploiting weaknesses in the encryption algorithm, hackers can easily break the password of such a network and intercept your data. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to prompt you to enable a secure connection when connecting to networks that have weak data encryption.
- Networks with common names. If a network name (SSID) is common, it will be easy for hackers to figure out the password for such a network, because there are compiled lists of possible password combinations, which can be quickly brute-forced. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to prompt you to enable a secure connection when connecting to networks that have common names.
- Networks with WPS protocol enabled. The WPS protocol is frequently used to create Wi-Fi networks. However, its simplicity cannot guarantee security. Set the toggle to On if you want the application to prompt you to enable a secure connection when connecting to networks that use the WPS protocol.
- Public networks. Public networks are frequently the target of hacking attacks, because they either are not password protected at all or have a known password (written on the wall or available in the Internet). Set the toggle to On if you want the application to prompt you to enable a secure connection when connecting to public networks.
Once Smart Protection is disabled, the transfer and processing of data required for this functionality will be stopped.