Have you ever used public WiFi to do your banking, shopping, or send and receive private messages or information? The chances are, you have. People are using public WiFi almost everywhere now including coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, airports, libraries and at schools. Join us on Thursday, May 2 to discuss the dangers of public WiFi and how to protect yourself from identity theft.
The Proliferation of Public WiFi
In the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Public WiFi Usage Survey, 78% of respondents indicated that they use public WiFi at least once a month and of that number, more than half use public WiFi at least once a week.
Further, The Wireless Broadband Alliance, an industry association dedicated to the global deployment of next generation WiFi, discusses in their WBA Wi-Fi Industry Report the accelerated global proliferation of public WiFi. Even more, according to a report by the market research company Informa Telecoms and Media, WiFi hotspots are set to grow from 1.3 million in 2011, to 5.8 million by 2015.
Considering the rapid growth and prevalence in the use of hotspots, it is important for consumers to be fully educated as to the risks they take every time they connect to public WiFi.
Do You Know The Dangers of Using Public WiFi?
During this month’s #IDTheftChat, co-hosted by the Identity Theft Resource Center (@ITRCSD) and Private WiFi (@privatewifi), we will explain that public WiFi is not secure and how using public WiFi can lead to identity theft.
Please join us for May’s edition of identity theft twitter chat where we will be answering and discussing the following questions:
- Do you use public WiFi? How often? What do you do on public WiFi?
- Did you know that WiFi is not secure?
- Have you ever heard of identity theft happening on WiFi?
- How do you stay safe while using public WiFi?
Our twitter chat will commence on Thursday, May 2 at 2:00 PM (EST) / 11:00 AM (PDT). Please follow @ITRCSD and @PrivateWiFi and use the hashtag #IDTheftChat. You may find it helpful to join the chat by using TweetChat. We look forward to seeing you there!