Consumers may be trading in their security for free internet access

While free Wi-Fi offers its users the convenience of mobile broadband, it also poses several security risks to consumers. According to online security firm Norton by Symantec, many who use public Wi-Fi are unaware of the security risks related to it.

The firm’s June 2017 poll of internet users worldwide found that almost six in 10 had logged in to their personal email account over public Wi-Fi. And one-quarter admitted to checking their bank account or accessing financial information this way.

Digital Activities Internet Users Worldwide Have Conducted on a Public Wi-Fi Network, June 2017 (% of respondents)

In addition, 17% of respondents had entered personally identifiable information—such as a social security number, address or birthday—over public Wi-Fi. And nearly as many (16%) had provided credit card details.

At the same time, more than half of respondents (53%) were unable…