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June 23, 2014
Dave Taylor Why Is a Public Wifi Network Unsafe and Dangerous?
By Dave Taylor
Hi Dave, I have heard many people say how all my data can be hacked by using a public coffee house wifi network. How do they do it? I use an apple iPod Touch and an iPad Mini (wifi only, I'm too cheap for a data plan). Is there a way I can minimize the intrusion into my stuff? Should I never check my email while using a public wifi connection? Am I relatively safe just using an internet browser on a public wifi? Your thoughts/rationale are most appreciated.

Thanks for your question. You're correct that public wifi networks can be dangerous, but it's really all a function of what sites you're interacting with and what protocols are in use on those sites. Whether you're on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, it's all the same basic danger, that of unencrypted information you send or receive being ripped off by someone else on the network. [...]

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