How hackers steal your information over public wifi

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Cyber criminals are now actively targeting public wifi users to steal and sell their information for profit, or quite simply, to steal money themselves.

The latest survey by online anti-virus company Norton showed that 51 per cent of public wifi users were taking significant risks by not connecting through a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

“It’s very profitable for criminals to gather your valuable details. You just shouldn’t be looking at your bank account on a public wifi, particularly if you’re re-entering your password,” said Ryan Kalember, of security company Datapoint.

The most targeted piece of information by cyber criminals is your passwords. It is recommended that you never enter a password while connected to wifi.

Will you be more careful about using wifi in a public place in the future?

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Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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    Never enter a password whilst connected to wifi. Impractical as nobody would be using internet banking. I suspect you may have meant wifi in non secure locations like internet cafes. Yes?

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    It says public wi fi , so it would be from eg; a shopping centre etc.

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    Don’t use public WiFi. And Norton sound like they’re arguing from self-interest.

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    Safer to carry your own usb stick.


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