The Risks Of Public WiFi: Hackers Are Waiting For You

Summary: This concise article explores the various ways hackers can take advantage of users logging on to unsecured public WiFi. For more information about the risks of using unsecured public WiFi, contact GEEK-AID Computer and Network Support at, your cyber security service, to assist you with mobile device security for all devices you use remotely.

The number of computer users working remotely has skyrocketed. People from all walks of life work from home, at airports, in train stations and just about anywhere a WiFi signal is available. The bad news is that increasing remote work has been a “home run” for cybercriminals. Many users are complacent about cyber security and do not hesitate to log on to public WiFi without ensuring they are doing it safely.

However, there are many severe risks to your privacy, data, and any device on your network. Here are the main threats posed by hackers to users accessing public WiFi networks without a secure connection:

The more cybercriminals know about you, the more they can target their attacks using specific malware and phishing techniques tailored to you. In an unsecured setting, if you click on an advertisement in an email or log in to what seems like a trusted website, hackers can infect your device and network with malware.

Man In The Middle Attack

A Man In The Middle Attack (MITM) is one of the more diabolical cyberattacks. In an MITM, hackers intercept text conversations and pretend to be one of the parties in the conversation, having secretly taken control of the entire exchange. MITM is a dangerous attack because the scamming imposter can seem like a trusted source and potentially ask questions that might prompt the unsuspecting user to reveal additional personal information.

We’ve spoken about public WiFi security threats in public places such as airports and train stations. But is hotel WiFi safe? Absolutely not. A hacker could be relaxing in the next room with his laptop and hacking tools or in the parking lot outside, launching one of the attacks we’ve discussed.

However, life is unpredictable, and a situation might arise when you need to use public WiFi. There are a few things you can do to ensure a public network is safe:

Our connected universe is growing daily. The convenience and efficiency of working online have never been as robust as today. However, more caution than ever is required to protect your private data and connected devices to continue enjoying all the great benefits of an online presence.