Holidays, baths, public WiFi: Guess which one not to choose? August is here and most are getting ready for it Summer Holidays their. Because, therefore, many are going to use public WiFi to surf on internet... we don't want to spoil it for you but ... a hacker can vacation on the same island as you this year. Great attention to networks which you connect because as mentioned below the number of users who choose "irresponsibly" public WiFi is high!
A BullGuard survey found that nearly four-fifths (79%) of public users Wi-Fi take significant risks when choosing one Hotspot to connect, often failing to check that the network to which they are connected is legitimate.
Overall, 86% of WiFi users put convenience above security when choosing hotspots, while almost two thirds (63%) of people who connect to public Wi-Fi daily have set up their devices to “connect to the strongest WiFi ”or“ automatically connect to an already used Wi-Fi hotspot ”.
BullGuard research has found that users often choose a WiFi based on Wi-fi-strength, whether the name seems appropriate or just whether it is free.
However, the hackers they often create networks that look legitimate to deceive users and steal their personal data.
It is worth noting that more than a third of WiFi users log in to personal accounts that require a password, 22% use credit cards and 31% connect to online banking in potentially dangerous connections.
"Hackers can easily create malicious hotspots that appear to be legitimate and can monitor and record people's personal data, allowing them to steal usernames." passwords", credit card details, bank account information and more", the research typically states.
Using a VPN would protect many users but research has shown that 60% of users do not use one VPN, while 57% of respondents say they find it too complicated or do not know how to use it.