Nearly three quarters of the people in our study use public Wi-Fi and we can understand why. But while public Wi-Fi may be convenient, it’s much more easily hacked than your Wi-Fi at home, or the 4G network.
It’s important to avoid using public Wi-Fi for things that put your money or your personal data at risk. For example, if you need to check your account in your app or online banking. Or if you want to look at your emails.
A common way for fraudsters to get you to part with cash is by posing as someone you know. Imagine you have emails from a builder about work on your house. A fraudster could send an email to you as your builder. Only this email contains an invoice with the fraudster’s bank details. You send the money as you’re expecting that invoice. It’s only later that you discover that the money went to a fraudster.
This doesn’t mean you can only check your balance or your emails at home. Simply stick to 4G for these things when you’re out and about.
Here’s what our Director of Cyber security Matt Rowe, has to say on this matter:
“We lead increasingly busy lives and we demand access to the internet at all times, meaning we will often look to use public Wi-Fi.
However, this is far more easily spoofed or hacked by cyber criminals and, if you access your personal information, including your bank accounts, you could potentially be opening the door to them getting access to your personal data and money.
Cyber criminals will always go for the easy target, so protect yourself to avoid becoming a criminal’s next payday.”