The dangers of public Wi-Fi networks
It can be tempting to try and connect to Wi-Fi when you’re out and don’t have signal. However, any Wi-Fi network that does not ask you to provide a password is NOT secure. This infographic explains in detail the type of attack public Wi-Fi networks leave users exposed to, including man-in-the-middle attacks. Here, a malicious actor creates a fake network to trick users and intercept any unencrypted data.
There are a variety of top-tips you can follow to protect yourself from cyberattacks carried out on public Wi-Fi networks; these include making sure you always use secure connection HTTPS for web browsing (the ‘S’ stands for secure), installing a genuine VPN service to encrypt your data, and remain vigilant about free Wi-Fi especially in places like airports where users can be easily tricked into giving their details.
If you’d like, you can also view this infographic as a PDF here.