TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,249 Reviews & Articles | 40,763 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: Rockstar rumored to announce Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2 soon

Europol warns public Wi-Fi users of privacy, security risks

Europol wants users to be more careful when using public Internet Wi-Fi

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 4:10 pm

European Union law enforcement agency Europol is urging citizens to be careful using public Wi-Fi hotspots, due to an increase in the number of cybercriminals trying to steal information.

 

TweakTown image news/3/6/36099_01_europol_warns_public_wi_fi_users_of_privacy_security_risk.jpg

 

There is even greater concern when people use these hotspots to log into social media, make online purchases, or use online banking. However, the majority of consumers don't tend to focus on security, and aren't aware of the risks.

 

"We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure Wi-Fi Internet," said Troels Oerting, head of the Europol cybercrime unit, in an interview with BBC Click. "They should do this from home where they know actually the Wi-Fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldn't access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information."

 

Even though sophisticated Internet spying departments from the NSA and British intelligence have shaken trust - users should be more concerned of personal data being stolen, including when using public Wi-Fi hotspots to access information.

NEWS SOURCESBbc.com, Huffingtonpost.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Hacking & Security news at our Hacking & Security news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases