The Fingbox is a network security system that makes it easier to manage your network in the palm of your hands. Its main features are Parental control, network performance and network security. The network security feature is very important for anyone in South Africa because of the level of general and cyber crime.
Cyber crime in South Africa
South Africa’s crime rate has always been at all times high. It was even ranked as number one in the top 5 countries with the highest crime rate in the world. A lot of South Africans were left astonished with the recently released crime statistics 2018, even though it seems like crime is decreasing in some areas. The Fingbox increases the odds of catching the thief. It makes the process much easier and faster when it comes to home burglary or driveway hijacking. The Wireless Detection System (WIDS) is a special feature on Fingbox that enables it to do to halt cyber crime.
The WIDS is able to detect the Evil Twin Access Point, which is an essential part of detecting and preventing KRACK attacks. The evil twin is a fraudulent Wi-Fi access point that seems to be authentic but set up to eavesdrop on your wireless communications. They observe your connection or by phishing which includes setting up a fraudulent website and draw in you there. Stolen data or passwords can be the result of this attack for unsuspecting and unsecured users.
Cyber crime is not a popular subject in South Africa but when it happens your loss will be great. One of the incidences with cyber crime happened with Liberty holdings. Their clients received an SMS earlier this year informing them that personal information relating to the policies could have been stolen by external party. The company later advised its customers to change their bank account details. This included any other systems which could have the same passwords as their Liberty accounts. If cyber crime can happen to a huge company like Liberty holdings, think about yourself as an individual.
Fingbox Cyber crime threat Notification and how to respond
What will happen if this happens to you, as an individual? How will you know beforehand? Other people could be relying on SAPS cyber crime unit alone. Earlier this month they were reports that the SAPS cyber crime unit could not function due to expired software update. Will you still trust them? One good reason to own a Fingbox. If Fingbox detects any threat,it will send you a notification like the one in the image below.
The moment Fingbox detects an Evil Twin Access Point you should take rapid action:
- Turn off your WiFi network equipment for 15 minutes and wait. Make sure to turn off or disable WiFi from all client devices (like e.g. mobile phones, laptops, etc). Then restart networking and see if the Evil Twin Access Point still appears.
- Fing continuously tests against false alarms. If the problem persists contact Fing support to check if it’s a false alarm. Your devices must remain disconnected, until the issue is resolved.
Fingbox Digital fence (know who is home and who is nearby)
You will be able to see anyone within your Wi-Fi range even if they are not connected to your network with the built in feature, digital fence. For example; you can be driving in your drive way and then people come following to steal from you or to hijack your car. Let’s face it everyone these days always carries their phone. Then the Fingbox will pick up their MAC address or IP address. Even if it was a burglary the Fingbox will be able to pick up their mac or IP address which will make it easy to track the person or people.
Get your Fingbox here or through our Fing Africa website and secure your internet connection without a monthly fee, just once off, and you are secured. To know how easy the Fingbox is to set up read our article here.