Secure Data Recovery Infographic: WiFi Hotspots Lead to Identity Theft

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How safe is your WiFi?

That’s the question posed in a great infographic that examines the growth of WiFi hotspots, where to find them, and how to use them while protecting yourself from various forms of identity theft.

The infographic does a fantastic job of showing that while WiFi connections are ubiquitous, they’re far from safe.

It also lists the following seven essential security tips to protect your sensitive information in WiFi hotspots.

Much of the infographic offers the same message we’ve been warning about for years. But the infographic fails to suggest using a personal VPN like PRIVATE WiFi to encrypt your communications in WiFi hotspots.

Security on WiFi

The majority of people who use public WiFi hotspots don’t realize that WiFi signals are just radio waves. Anyone in range can “listen in” to all of the data you send and receive, as easily as tuning to the right station. Antivirus or firewall software can’t protect you – but a personal VPN can. It scrambles your device’s WiFi signal using 128-bit SSL encryption, the same proven technology trusted by major companies, banks, and government agencies. That means simple VPN software can shield your usernames, passwords, Facebook account details, financial information, and other confidential tidbits – the details that keep identity thieves in business.

It’s time to put identity thieves out of business once and for all. By incorporating the simple steps listed in the infographic from Secure Data Recovery, as well as installing a personal VPN, you’ll be on the road to safeguarding your sensitive personal information on every device, whether at home or on the road.

WiFi hotspots growth

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.