“The report says most consumers have a “false sense of security” when using public Wi-Fi. Almost two thirds (65 percent) feel safe when they use public Wi-Fi, and less than a fifth (19 percent) use a VPN.”
Let’s put it this way. You might very well sit in a Starbucks or on hotel wifi and log in to all your accounts without taking any precautions at all, and have nothing bad happen. The same way you could stand in front of an ATM and announce your PIN to the world, and maybe no one would pay any attention or do anything with that information.
But would you do that? Does that make sense? When you use public wifi without a VPN, you are announcing your passwords and personal information to the wifi network. Maybe no one is paying attention, but maybe they are. Why take that chance?