But these hotspots may be too hot. Some of them are run by networks that aren’t there to help you connect, but to steal your information.
A recent security test identified the world’s riskiest places to use unknown free Wi-Fi hotspots. Not surprisingly, Times Square in New York came in at number one.
This famous commercial intersection was followed by some surprising destinations. For example, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was on the list. As it turns out, it’s a top spot for identity thieves.
Then there’s EuroDisney in France, the Las Vegas Strip, Union Station in Washington, D.C., Navy Pier in Chicago, and even the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
You should never do any personal banking at these locales, or communicate with any site asking you for verification of your password or other protected information.
The same security test also revealed that Android devices were twice as vulnerable as iOS devices.
For more tips on how to keep your personal information safe, check out:
- What To Do If You Lose Your Phone
- How Credit Cards Are Hacked Through Hotels
- Smart Wallets: A New Way to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe
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