But free Wi-Fi networks are also a major source of security vulnerabilities, and there are many ways malicious actors can exploit them to steal critical information from negligent users or harm them in some other way.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid public Wi-Fi altogether. Here are a few tips to help keep you avoid the security pitfalls of public Wi-Fi while take full advantage of free internet.
Avoid using insecure and unencrypted apps
Because anyone and everyone can roam on public Wi-Fi networks, two of the greatest security threats they trail along are packet sniffing and man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks. Packet sniffing involves a malicious user eavesdropping on your communications through a network-monitoring tool such as WireShark. MitM, on the other hand, is a kind of hack in which a third party intercepts communications between two endpoints to either steal data or to inject malicious content such as malware.