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Travellers vulnerable to insecure public Wi-Fi

A striking number of US travellers are not taking the necessary steps to protect themselves on public Wi-Fi and are exposing their data and personal information to cyber criminals and hackers even thought they are aware of the risks according to research released by California data security firm AnchorFree.

According to the firm, the PhoCusWright Traveler Technology Survey 2013 polled 2,200 US travelers over the age of 18 revealing new insights into travelers´ online behavior and their understanding of cyber risks.

It is estimated that 89% of Wi-Fi hotspots globally are not secure, the firm said.

The increased use of smartphones and tablets to access unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots has dramatically increased the risk of threats.

Travellers were three times more likely to use a smartphone or tablet than a laptop to access an unsecured hotspot in a shopping mall or tourist attraction, two times more likely in a restaurant or coffee shop and one and a half times more likely at the airport.

Further to this point, a striking 82% of travelers surveyed reported that they suspect their personal information is not safe while browsing on public Wi-Fi, yet nearly 84% of travelers do not take the necessary precautions to protect themselves online.

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