WiFi Security Issues Go Unnoticed in America
Despite a saturation of headlines of breaches and vulnerabilities in the cyber-ecosystem, Americans are still leaving their information vulnerable, according to a SecureAuth survey on perceptions around Internet speed versus personal security and online behavior over public WiFi.
The survey found that Americans, if given the choice, would rather improve personal online security (57 percent) over Internet speed (43 percent), but the demographics appear more complicated—more than half of millennials (54 percent) would rather improve their Internet speed than their personal online security.
"If I am an attacker, I want to go to a place where I have easy access to a network, and there are a large number of users interacting with it," Craig Lund, CEO of SecureAuth, told eWEEK. "Much like a pickpocket would target a highly trafficked and noisy public area to increase his or her chances of success, the same goes for public WiFi."
The unsecured nature of WiFi, he said, means there is no control over who is connecting to the network and what they are doing with it, and that traffic can be intercepted easily by malicious users.
Americans as a whole are still disclosing sensitive information over public WiFi, such as their address and credit card number, according to a SecureAuth survey.
"The next time users consider sharing personally identifiable information on public WiFi, they might want to think twice and consider the risks they are taking," Lund said.