While Connected to Public WiFi
PRIVATE WiFi recently partnered with our friends at the Identity Theft Resource Center about overall consumer privacy beliefs in WiFi hotspots. The results as shown in the infographic below are startling yet informative.
Such unprotected communications can lead to identity theft or even credit fraud. 76% believe that using a free public WiFi hotspot connection can lead to identity theft. Yet 46% of those respondents were not aware there is a way to protect their private information while using a public hotspot.
Connecting to any network that offers free Internet access makes social media users incredibly vulnerable to hacking attacks. Unfortunately, many users assume using public wireless is the same as logging into our home or office networks. But public WiFi is not secure and users are responsible for protecting their data and communications.
“Every day we read about public areas like parks, train stations, and schools are adding free public WiFi, but we are not hearing about what this means for individuals using these services, the hazards that prowl, or how to protect ourselves,” said Kent Lawson, founder and CEO of PRIVATE WiFi.
“The public needs to know just how easy it is for hackers to hack into these public airwaves and steal your private information right out of thin air,” he adds.
Ignorance is not bliss and identity theft can cause a huge headache and cost a lot of money if the proper precautions are not taken.
“The most reliable solution to keep private information private and what we, at ITRC, recommend is to use a personal VPN,” said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO at the ITRC.
“VPN technology offers the greatest level of protection and is an easy solution for anyone choosing to use free public WiFi,” she adds.