scam-rnc-wifiA security company (Avast) decided it would teach people a lesson and set up several fake Wi-Fi access points around the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland last week.

Over the course of a day, more than 1,000 attendees used these open and unprotected Wi-Fi hotspots to check their mail, used smartphone apps, and even played Pokemon while everything they did was looked at by the security researchers. Imagine if they had been bad guys.

(Imagine if they had been bad guys.)

  • 68.3% of users‘ identities were exposed when they connected
  • 44.5% of Wi-Fi users checked their emails or chatted via messenger apps
  • 6.5% shopped on Amazon, and 1.2% accessed a banking app or banking websites like bankofamerica.com, usbank.com, or wellsfargo.com
  • Read more about Avast's finding in their press release

You should always watch what Wi-Fi hotspots you connect to, and use a VPN to help keep your sensitive information out of the hands of hackers.

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