The Reason You Should NEVER Connect Through Wi-Fi HotSpots
It's almost an impulse nowadays to look for a free, open Wi-Fi network while we're on the move—especially since it's become so easily accessible. But these free networks, especially those in touristy, high traffic areas, can spell major trouble.
Cyber hackers have learned to anticipate our every move, so when they advertise free Wi-Fi without requiring a password, it's natural for us to be enticed. But bewarethis is one very calculated move. By logging onto their network with ourcell phones, we are essentially allowing hackers to access personal, private information about us.
"Your videos, your social security number, your insurance information, your credit card information, mobile payments. They are after that information," says Varun Kohli, a computer security expert.
Skycure recently released a list of the world's top tourist attractions that are surrounded by potentially malicious Wi-Fi networks. Unsurprisingly, New York City's Times Square tops the list as the most dangerous. The study found that when standing in the middle of Times Square, there were 10 suspicious Wi-Fi networks in just a one block radius. The Hollywood Walk of Fame was also listed as a potentially high target location for hackers, as well as the area surrounding Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France; major theme parks in California; Golden Gate Park in San Francisco; and the Las Vegas strip. Perhaps the most shocking list-topper was the area surrounding Vatican City in Rome.
The study also said that 92% of people who log into free Wi-Fi networks never read the disclaimer beforehand. Sometimes, the disclaimer will even openly state that the network can and will access personal information if you use it.
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