Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Can Track Your Location Even When You Aren’t Using Them

[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.


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