5 Tips to Avoid the Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

    Posted by Soules Insurance on Tue, Nov 1, 2016

    Public Wi-Fi is everywhere — such as coffee shops, hotels and airports, just to name a few.

    But this convenience comes at a price. 

    Public hotspots are an easy way for cyber criminals to track your online movements and steal valuable information. How? The same features that make free Wi-Fi attractive to consumers also make them desirable to hackers. It requires no authentication to establish an internet connection. This presents an opportunity for cyber thieves to gain access to unsecured devices on the same network.

    Just how scary is unsecured Wi-Fi? Hackers also can use it to distribute malware. If you share files across a public network, the hacker can plant infected software on your computer. And that's not just on single device. Because office devices are all connected through a network, a hacker with access to one machine through public Wi-Fi can make the jump to access all of the machines and information stored on that company network.

    Below are five tips on how to protect your data when using public Wi-Fi, courtesy of Christopher Roach, managing director and national IT practice leader at CBIZ Risk & Advisory Services.

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    Tags: Cyber Security, Public Wi-fi