Is it safe to use public Wi-Fi?

Is it safe to use public Wi-Fi?

Your airline requires you to be at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled flight. You pass through security in minutes, check-in, and find out you actually have so much time left with nothing much to do. Thank goodness, the airport offers free Wi-Fi service. Not.

While it may be convenient to use public Wi-Fi connections, it actually makes us easy targets for hackers.

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By logging into unsecured connection, we are exposing ourselves to identity theft. Sensitive information such as personal information, usernames and passwords are strewn across the web for hackers to prey on. When we log into our bank accounts online someone else could be waiting to siphon your funds elsewhere.

If you think the connection is secure just because you use a password, think again. You are not alone, too, as studies show that around 95% of millennial have shared personal information while using public connections.

No wonder we have many cases of hacked social media accounts, or sensitive photos being shared around.

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The problem is that very few people even know how to identify a particular connection if is secure or not.

Norton has developed the Wi-Fi Privacy App to protect us against hackers while being connected for $30 per year. But all it really offers, mainly, is to route your connection/traffic through a proxy server.

You can do the routing yourself through VPN (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt your traffic for free. VPN secures your connection through encryption, makes you anonymous online, and keeps your traffic data private. But it is reported that only 18% of consumers are familiar with VPN.

You can always download a free application to set-up your private network.

It is best to be informed that passwords don’t offer enough protection; connections don’t necessarily have built-in security, service providers or websites are not responsible for your data’s security, and some applications are not entirely secure and send traffic with no encryption.

Your personal information security is always your responsibility

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  • albert costilano

    If anyone of you think Public WiFi is secure, so you are wrong because Public WiFi is a shared IP address with multiple internet users including hackers and they easily get enter into your laptop or device to collect your data. Only one thing can make it secure is the best VPN provider like Ivacy, PIA and Express these are the leading providers with good features.

  • Tiffany Jane

    It is clear that public Wifi is not secure because it is shared with multiple users including hackers means hackers can have access to your information through public Wifi. The only way to stay safe while using public Wifi is with PureVPN.