The Hazards of Public WiFi

Public Wi-Fi is an amenity we have all begun to depend on whether we are at the mall, an airport, a restaurant, a hotel or even our favorite coffee shop. It allows us to connect to the internet in order to communicate, get work done or do any number of tasks that require a network connection. It may sound harmless to log on using public Wi-Fi to quickly check your email, bank statements or catch up on your social media. Unfortunately, using public Wi-Fi, while convenient, is also a bit risky. Even before the most recent attack on Wi-Fi called Krack (see last month's blog post for more information), these networks have long used lax or nonexistent security protocols in order to provide the service of free Wi-Fi to travelers, business people and your average internet user. Let’s take a closer look at the risks associated with using public Wi-Fi.   Common Threats     What Can you Do to Protect Yourself?     If you have questions about the security of public hotspots please call Spectra Networks at 978.219.9752 or visit our website at Spectra Networks.  ]]>