Kaspersky Lab has said every fourth (28 per cent) public WiFi spot is unsecured and poses a risk to users’ personal data. This includes popular tourist destinations in the top 20 countries like Thailand, France, Israel, the US and more.
The company analysed information from more than 31 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world to reach and found all traffic transmitted over these networks such as personal messages, passwords, documents and more, can be easily intercepted by hackers. According to the findings, travelers are among the most vulnerable to data hacking.
According to Kaspersky Security Network, 25 per cent of the world’s Wi-Fi networks have no encryption or password protection. Kaspersky Lab noted rest of the Wi-Fi hotspots use Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocols for encryption.
A separate study reveals only 57 per cent of Internet users are concerned about their data being intercepted during a Wi-Fi session. “We advise all users to remain vigilant when connecting to Wi-Fi. Don’t use hotspots without passwords and don’t use public hotspots to perform high-risk activities such as online banking or shopping, logging on to sites or for transferring confidential information, ” said Denis Legezo, Antivirus Expert at Kaspersky Lab.
“If that sort of traffic is intercepted by a third party, it could result in serious losses, including financial losses. And of course, we strongly recommend using additional measures to protect traffic, such as VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology,” Legezo added.
According to a Norton survey, only 56 per cent of consumers knew how to determine whether the WiFi network they are using is secure. When it comes to public WiFi, one in four (27 per cent) regularly use public connections, like at airports and coffee shops.