By using free Wi-Fi, you are putting your personal information at risk

Rujuta Parekh
Friday, 21 July 2017

Pune: If you already didn’t know it, then here’s a survey report that will confirm a trend that would keep you on your toes - Indians are unable to resist free Wi-Fi network access and inevitably put their personal information at risk. 

This was revealed in Norton by Symantec’s survey of consumers’ online behaviours ‘Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report’ on Tuesday. The report also pointed towards the fact that Indians are unable to resist access to a strong, free Wi-Fi network despite the risks even while traveling.

Pune: If you already didn’t know it, then here’s a survey report that will confirm a trend that would keep you on your toes - Indians are unable to resist free Wi-Fi network access and inevitably put their personal information at risk. 

This was revealed in Norton by Symantec’s survey of consumers’ online behaviours ‘Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report’ on Tuesday. The report also pointed towards the fact that Indians are unable to resist access to a strong, free Wi-Fi network despite the risks even while traveling.

Country Manager, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec, Ritesh Chopra said, “There is a deep divide between what people think is safe when it comes to using public Wi-Fi versus the reality. What someone thinks is private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cyber criminals through unsecured Wi-Fi networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities.”

The survey revealed that consumers’ dependency on a quick, free connection via public Wi-Fi could be placing their personal information at risk.

“Fifty four per cent of Indians don’t use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to secure their Wi-Fi connections, even though, it is considered the best way of protecting personal information. A worrying eight per cent are unaware of the term, VPN. Seventy three per cent of Indians will do or swap something for a strong Wi-Fi signal,” the report stated. 

According to officials, in the case of using public Wi-Fi for more private matters, joining an unsecured network could reveal more about a person’s personal information (or habits) than they bargained for. 

“Thirty one per cent Indians admit to viewing nude, explicit or suggestive content on public Wi-Fi. Of those people, 44 per cent admit to doing so at work and 49 per cent have done so in a hotel, hostel or Airbnb,” the report stated. 

Revelations
† 74% Indians believe their personal information is safe when using public Wi-Fi
† 57% act unsafely when online 
† 51% consumers can’t wait more than a few minutes before logging onto a Wi-Fi network once they arrive somewhere new
† 82% people said that access to a strong Wi-Fi network is a deciding factor when choosing a hotel
† 62% said Wi-Fi matters while choosing a place to eat

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