Free WiFi is not a safe place –
Siciliano says in his line of work he’s been seeing an increase in hackers prying on people using free Wi-Fi on their smart phones.
Because the free Wi-Fi doesn’t encrypt your data, hackers can use a scanning tool to duplicate a person’s device by cloning their IME number, that’s also known as the serial number.
“Essentially they can see all of the websites you’ve visited, the usernames and passwords along with your email and once they do that they own you,” Siciliano said.
Get a VPN app for your phone, your tablet, and your laptop if you are planning on connecting to ANY public WiFi. You never know who else is on that network, and whether they’re eavesdropping on your packets.