RePost: It’s been over a year since this article was first published here on JumpstartMyPC, but the subject matter is still as relevant (if not more) as it was the day it was first posted. If you EVER use public WiFi, you need to read on and take action.
Take a look around you and count the number of portable, WiFi enabled devices that you currently own. Of course, there are obvious choices like your laptop, iPod touch and iPad, but there are a few you might be forgetting. Chances are that your cell phone, portable game system, e-reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.) and netbook are also capable of using WiFi when you need it.
Now ask yourself how many times you have connected to a free WiFi hotspot at a coffee shop, fast food restaurant, book store or other establishment. That number is also the number of times that you have opened yourself up to identity theft. That’s right, using free WiFi could very well be an open door for hackers to spy on your internet activity and steal personal information or even take over your Facebook account.