If you’re like me, when you see a “Free Wi-Fi” sign in a window or pop up on your phone, you feel a certain level of joy in your heart that can only be described as overage-exempt jubilation.
How very 2017 of us.
But how safe is it to use free public Wi-Fi?
According to a recent Harris Poll, 66% of U.S adults have used public Wi-Fi and of that, 39% have accessed sensitive information while using it. This can be risky business when accessing things like: personal email, business or private documents, performing online banking or shopping online with an account linked to your credit card. Hackers can use Free Wi-Fi to intercept your data.
Wi-Fi signals are just radio waves. If you are on a “free public Wi-Fi”, essentially anyone can “listen in” to what you’re doing online.
Hackers use software or apps to hijack your information.
How to stay safe:
Add your favorite number at the beginning or end and then specify to the site your using. Ex: 22coreylovescocoapebblesfacebook its long but it will be hard to crack and easy to remember.
Email us for the next “Help Desk” topic: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference: survey conducted for PRIVATE WiFi online within the United States by Harris Poll from March 11-13, 2014 among 2,037 adults ages 18+. This survey is not based on probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated