Is Public WiFi Safe?

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In the past year public Wi-Fi usage has gone up 240%, but the questions we should be asking: do we need to protect ourselves when we use it and how can be keep ourselves secure? A recent survey by the Identity Theft Resource Center in conjunction with PRIVATE WiFi indicates that 79% of respondents believe that free wireless can lead to identity theft. The findings are clear: a personal VPN is your best line of defense.

The study also revealed other facets of the growing concern of using public Wi-Fi Hotspots. 45% of respondents said they were concerned about their security when using a public hotspot and 15% indicated that they were “very concerned”.

Additionally, 44% of respondents weren’t aware that there is a way to protect their sensitive information while using a public hotspot. Nearly 70% of those surveyed stated that they knew a password used to gain Internet access in a public hotspot was not sufficient enough to keep their data secure. But despite that lack of security, nearly a quarter admitted to making online purchases in a public hotspot, and 57% have accessed confidential work-related information while using a public hotspot.

The ITRC is a nonprofit, nationally respected organization dedicated exclusively to the understanding of identity theft and related issues. Providing victim and consumer support as well as public education, the ITRC also advises governmental agencies, legislators, law enforcement, and businesses about the evolving and growing problem of identity theft.

PRIVATE WiFi is a personal VPN product that encrypts all computer data across unencrypted WiFi networks, ensuring online privacy for those accessing public WiFi networks. Download a free 3-day trial of the software today.

Just in time for National Cyber Security Month this October, both organizations hope these results raise awareness about cyber security and wireless privacy.

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Jillian Ryan

Jillian Ryan is PRIVATE WiFi's Director, Brand Communications and Social Strategy. With a passion for writing, the web, and fast-paced information exchanged via social networks, Jillian is also concerned about the ramifications of putting your life details and personal data into cyberspace. Follow her on Twitter: @Writing_Jillian.

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