Public WiFI Networks Vulnerable To Hackers

Mobile Broadband Much Safer For Username and Password Security

Hacker logoA recent study by card protection and insurance company CPP revealed more dangers surrounding the use of public and even homeWiFi networks in a revelation that throws light on the benefits of mobile broadband from a security, as well as convenience, perspective.

In a so-called ‘ethical hacking’ experiment researchers logged on to public WiFi hotspots in town centre cafes and restaurants and were able to quickly and easily harvest personal information from others who had used the hotspots. The researchers were able to collect usernames and passwords at a rate of more than 350 an hour whilst logged on to the networks throwing a spotlight on the dangers of logging on to public WiFi networks when out an about on your laptop. In contrast users of mobile broadband would have been secure as the researchers / hackers would not have been able to access the same internet connection. The lesson appears to be clear, be very wary of accessing anything sensitive on a public WiFi network and use a mobile broadband dongle if you want to use the Internet securely when out an about.

Even home networks weren’t immune to the dangers of hacking. In the same study CPP found that roughly a quarter of 40,000 networks identified had no password protection leaving them vulnerable and of those that did have protection most had only basic passwords that the hackers were able to bypass in seconds.