USA Today: Public Wifi Use Raises Hacking Risk


USA Today has an interesting article archived on its site that shares our sentiments: wifi hotspots that let you hop onto the Internet anywhere you travel leave you wide open to hackers. However, the USA Today piece fails to mention the most important, critical security step of them all, and that is to use a personal VPN. The article shares an example “of a tech systems manager on a lunch break in New York’s Bryant Park, who used his laptop via the city’s free hotspot hookup. The manager logged onto his company’s network to troubleshoot a computer server. An eavesdropper nabbed his username and password. Later, someone used the information to access the server.” Too bad the tech systems manager didn’t use a personal VPN!

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Elaine Rigoli

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