[Nov 3, 2018]
Free Wi-Fi connections are managed by third-party providers who provide internet connectivity in exchange for your valuable sign-up details.
This information includes your email address, phone number and sometimes, even your social media profile, and other personal information. As reported by PCWorld, whenever users sign up on such a network, all of this information is used to track them.
The creepiest part is that they track millions of users’ location even when they have left the Wi-Fi zone.
Using MAC addresses, location-based marketing hotspot providers can find out where you live, your shopping habits, the places you frequently visit and so on. This data is then sold to ad-agencies and companies that pester you with ads.
Cyber Security Tips:
- Do connect to secured public networks whenever possible.
- Don’t access personal bank accounts, or sensitive personal data, on unsecured public networks.
- Don’t leave your laptop, tablet, or smartphone unattended in a public place.
- Don’t shop online when using public Wi-Fi. Sure, shopping doesn’t seem like it involves sensitive data.
- Do turn off automatic connectivity.
- Do monitor your Bluetooth connectivity.
- Do think about using a virtual private network (VPN) solution to ensure your privacy and anonymity are protected when you use public Wi-Fi.