Free Wi-Fi is one of the finer selling points of many modern hangouts, from coffee shops to city libraries. As a matter of fact, it is not unusual for people to spend hours at a time connected to these Internet hubs. However, the recent media spotlight on privacy and the web has many people questioning their Internet usage, especially in the public realm. Is your personal information safe over Wi-Fi connections? Unfortunately, you may need to think twice before you log on.
Public Wi-Fi is unsafe by definition. That is because you are sharing Internet access along the same lines with a group of complete strangers–some who may not have the best of intentions when it comes to respecting your privacy. It is all too easy for hackers, scammers, and identity thieves to intercept the data you are sending on the web and use it for less than honorable purposes. How serious is this threat? Statistically, you are much more likely to experience a hacking over public Wi-Fi than you are a home burglary, and the number of Wi-Fi predators is increasing. As Monmouth County Prosecutor Kevin Clark puts it, “this is a big business.” Read More