Europol Warns Users to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi Hotspots for Sensitive Tasks

By Gary Cutlack on at

The pure joy of connecting a working and fully free hotspot could be leaving you open to attack, according to advice from Europol's cybercrime chief, who suggests steering clear of both secure and insecure public Wi-Fi unless you want hackers stealing your identity, data and dignity.

Speaking to the BBC, Europol cybercrime boss Troels Oerting said: "We have seen an increase in the misuse of Wi-Fi in order to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure Wi-Fi connections. We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure Wi-Fi internet."

Oerting suggests leaving your online banking and anything important to when you're in the safer world of your home network's signal, lest hackers be lurking behind newspapers and lattes and ready to nick your banking passwords to fund an online gambling binge. [BBC via The Register]