Most people who constantly use public WiFi networks must understand the importance of having proper security measures to avoid exposing sensitive data. A recent report by ThreatMetrix found that banking information and personal files are vulnerable through WiFi networks, like those which are available open at the local coffee shop round the corner. The threat intensified with the increase in popularity of mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops.
“Consumers can easily access public WiFi networks from just about anywhere – and so can cybercriminals,” said ThreatMetrix Product Manager Dean Weinert. “Cyber threats are certainly a reality at local coffee shops and other wireless hotspots. If consumers don’t take extra precaution to protect their personal devices, they can unwittingly share sensitive information with cybercriminals interfering on the network.” [Read more...]