It has recently been announced by Computeractive that many people could be a risk of having their personal information stolen when they connect to unknown Wi-Fi hotspots. Many people take their wireless enabled devices out in public and try to connect to any network that seems to offer them free internet access.
They do this because they want to connect to the Internet and the idea of being able to do so for free is very tempting. Security experts have however warned that this is a process that is very unsafe and it allows hackers who are operating the network to steal the information of the computer user very easily.
Interestingly, in an experiment run by the magazine, they showed that 85 percent of people who wanted to connect to a wireless network they established, did so even though they were clearly warned about the security risks. The magazine set up a wireless network in central London which they labelled as ‘free Wi-Fi,’ and within seconds of doing so they found that people were trying to connect to the hotspot.
When people tried to connect it was made clear to them that using the network would reveal their personal details, however of the 40 people who were connected, 34 of them continue to do so even when they were clearly warned about the risks they were facing.
Fortunately, there are certain steps that users of free Wi-Fi can take if they want their data to remain safe. If you want to find more information about this you can buy the current issue of the magazine which gives information about how to protect yourself when you are in a public place. One of the most important things to do is to make sure that you are only browsing secured pages when you are entering your password information.