“You may be at risk with your credit information if you use a free Wi-Fi service in public places,” says Bert Briones, a bankruptcy attorney in Orange County, CA. It is possible that a hacker can steal your identity by using the same connection you used in a public place. Your connection is usually less secure as compared to your home or office.
Although banks, merchant accounts, and similar entities secure their websites, hackers can use “cookies” from the sites you log into and possibly steal your personal information. This has become more of an issue recently due to a program named “Firesheep”, which enables its users to gather Wi-Fi users’ “cookies” (internet history) and tracking those cookies to acquire access to user sessions, including email, social networking, etc.
What can you do to protect yourself? “Download security systems for your smart phone, use a paid Wi-Fi (wireless card), and use encrypted email accounts, such as Gmail, while you’re away,” said Briones.Share