Kaspersky Lab Consumer Survey Finds Lack of Security Use When Accessing Public Wi-Fi
Survey Results Show
34 Percent of Participants Take No Security Measures When Connecting to Public
Woburn, MA – October 16, 2013 – According to the recent Consumer Security Risks survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 34 percent of participants take no additional security measures when connecting
to public Wi-Fi. Moreover, 14 percent were not concerned about using open
access points for services that process personal financial data, such as online
stores, banking and e-payment systems. The survey results also showed that only
13 percent of survey respondents take the time to check the encryption standard
of an access point before connecting to hotspots.
The results of the survey showcase how many consumers
are unaware or unconcerned about the potential problems of using public Wi-Fi. Today
it’s easy to connect online from cellular networks and broadband cable
communication networks and also public Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, hotels,
restaurants, airports and even parks. However, many of these hotspot networks
are open and not secure.
Cybercriminals have been known to take advantage of
public Wi-Fi, most commonly through man-in-the-middle attacks. Any Wi-Fi access
point is a window to the Internet for all the devices attached to it. Without
any encryption of communication between consumers and the access point, it’s a
simple task for a cybercriminal to intercept all the data a person enters.
Moreover, attacks like this are possible even if the hotspot is password
protected and a secure HTTPS-connection between the required site and the
user's browser is established.
When using public Wi-Fi, it’s important to take
additional security measures, as Internet traffic could be intercepted by
malicious users. Kaspersky Lab recommends only using secure connections to
access points. This alone will greatly reduce the risk of the traffic being
intercepted by cybercriminals. However, when consumers are planning to use websites
that require personal information, such as usernames and passwords, this basic
precaution must be coupled with additional protective tools.
For example, the Safe Money technology
fromKaspersky Lab provides comprehensive protection for online banking and
payment transactions.The technology ensure that a website is secure and that customers not being tricked by a “fake” or
phishing website. It also offers to open a website in a protected mode,
keeping customer credit card numbers and other personal data safe from
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