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Free wifi: a wolf in sheeps clothing?

Free wifi might not be as great as you first think, especially if its a hacker on the other end.

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This is a lesson you should remember.

How often have you been stuck in an airport, or on the street, and decided to take advantage of the public Wi-Fi network? Do you choose restaurants or cafes based on their free Wi-Fi? Great. Now, answer this: What do you do on your smartphone or laptop when you connect? Well,  we know it’s none of our business, but if you aren’t protecting yourself, snoopers and cyber criminals may have a field day at your expense.

Public Wi-Fi is everywhere. We all use it, but most of us are unaware of the risks and fail to take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves.

David Maimon, Assistant Professor in the department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, explains it pretty well, “The major hazard with public Wi-Fi is the fact that all the information you’re transferring between your computer and the computer that you’re accessing is available to everybody on the network. What attackers do is try to intercept the communication between your computer and the computer you’re trying to get information from or send information to. They can get passwords, usernames, you name it.”

 

Don’t do it if you really don’t have to.