In this increasingly connected world, cafes, airports, hotels and even subway lines offer readily available public internet. While public WiFi is incredibly convenient, it isn't exactly safe when it comes to protecting your privacy and personal data.
According to a survey released by cybersecurity company Symantec last year, many Americans are completely unaware of the risks of using public WiFi. In fact, the survey found that:
- More than 60 percent of consumers think their information is safe when using public internet
- 50 percent of consumers think they are responsible for securing their information
- 17 percent think websites are responsible for protecting data, while another 17 percent think the WiFi company is