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Using public Wi-Fi is like posting on a Times Square billboard

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/02/24/public-wifi-gogo-steven-petrow-hack-airplane-email-columnist-vpn/80873010/

What’s the risk?

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I am NOT an alarmist and I tend to be skeptical about such things, but I guarantee that if you use open Wi-Fi hotspots, at some point someone has deliberately tried to intercept and take advantage of your private information.

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It’s not trivial to take advantage of spoofing (impersonating) an open wifi hotspot, but IT IS very easy to spoof — as easy as renaming your wireless router SSID to “Starbucks Wifi”.

What can you do?

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As the article says, the best solution is to encrypt your communication from beginning to end using a VPN. In layman’s terms, this means that although you are allowing strangers to handle your ietween you and the destination, it is being wrapped up in a way that is nearly impossible to decipher.

You’ll notice a little slow down. A decent VPN service is not free, but set aside some time now to find a service and start using it!

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