Report warns against using public wi-fi networks

Findings highlight the fact they're much more vulnerable to attack.

The general public need to be more aware of the potential dangers of connecting to a public wi-fi network, a new security report commissioned by US internet service provider i-Pass has stated. 

Found everywhere from coffee shops and airports to theme parks and hotels, the study revealed that anyone who connects to a public wi-fi network is at a particularly high risk from an attack as the networks often have little to no security measures in place.

This is mostly due to the fact that the proprietors either have little to no experience or not enough money to put any protection in place, so the network is left very vulnerable and the perfect place from which to steal your private data.

Hackers will carry out what's known as a "man-in-the-middle" attack on this kind of network where they’re able to intercept communication between two separate parties without either of them noticing anything.

Research carried out as part of the report also involved interviewing 500 CIO's (Chief Information Officers) and IT decision makers from across the US and Europe which discovered that coffee shops and cafes are the most popular places to connect to a public wi-fi network, thereby making them the most dangerous.

“Cafés and coffee shops are everywhere and offer both convenience and comfort for mobile workers, who flock to these venues for the free high speed internet as much as for the the coffee,” said iPass vice president of engineering Raghu Konka.

“However, cafés invariably have lax security standards, meaning that anyone using these networks will be potentially vulnerable.”

Source: The Independent

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