Why You Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi
For sure, everyone used public Wi-Fi. This is a convenient and, moreover, an easy way to surf the Internet anywhere, anytime. Now public Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere you go: in cafés, airports, hotels, schools, squares, offices, and even on the streets. But few people know about the risks.
In today’s vibrant world, convenience seems to be far more important than consequences. Especially in the way people use their mobile devices. For example, the use of free public Wi-Fi networks goes with many serious threats to personal security, however, multiple polls show that the vast majority of Americans do it anyway.
According to a recent opinion poll, more people are suspicious of public Wi-Fi networks than public restrooms. But an interesting experiment conducted at the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions showed a different result. At each congress, private organizations provided visitors with free public Wi-Fi networks (for the purposes of the social sciences). About 70% of people connect to insecure Wi-Fi networks at both conferences.
When you connect to a Wi-Fi network, you send your personal information through websites or mobile applications, and it’s really easy for hackers to intercept and damage your information.
Why do security consultants believe that public WiFi compares with unprotected sex?
Security consultants often believe that the dangers of using public Wi-Fi are like the risks of unprotected sex. In both cases, failure to observe the necessary precautions can result in long-term harm. For mobile devices, the harm is digital: theft of your personal data, such as passwords, financial information or personal photos, or videos.
Tips to protect your information
Don’t use public Wi-Fi to shop online, enter your financial institution, or access other sensitive sites.
Use Zorro VPN to create a network within the network, keeping everything you do in encrypted form.
Turn off the automatic Wi-Fi connection on your phone so that it does not automatically find access points.
Keep track of your Bluetooth connection in public places to make sure others are not intercepting data transfers.
The easiest way is to completely stop using public Wi-Fi.
The cybersecurity industry says there are three types of people in the world. Those who have been hacked, who will be hacked, and who are hacked right now and just don’t know about it. The better you protect yourself, the more likely you are to minimize potential damage. Remember: becoming a victim of public Wi-Fi dangers is a matter of when not if.