Wifi hotspot warning

The Age has published a report warning users of free wifi in popular hotspots like McDonalds to beware.

Next time you’re using the free wi-fi at McDonald’s, watch out for that creepy guy in the corner. He may be trying to steal your passwords and hack into your computer.

But just because there’s free wi-fi at a trusted establishment, there’s no guarantee it’s safe to use.

Connecting to a hotspot that doesn’t require a password is risky. Since it isn’t secured with any encryption, nearly all of the internet traffic is sent in plain text and can be intercepted by anyone using openly available software. “You’re effectively giving your passwords away,” says adviser at AVG Australia/New Zealand Michael McKinnon.

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