Don't simply assume that your data is safe when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks - you could be putting yourself at risk. Always keep a keen eye out for the following:
Packet sniffing: Wi-Fi hot spots are shared with many different users, making it easy for people to connect and collect your data. This is easier than you think and even a non-expert can manage this.
Man-in-the-middle attacks: How do you know that the Facebook site you're accessing is the real deal?
Malicious Wi-Fi hotspots: Wi-Fi hot spots can be named anything. Setting up a fake hotspot using a reputable brand name is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Here are our top tips for protecting yourself:
Make sure that you safeguard your personal data by installing cloud-based internet security software.
Avoid public Wi-Fi whenever possible.
Use SSL and VPNs when you have no other choice, and always make sure to confirm the authenticity of the hotspot before you connect.