Republican National Convention Attendees Unknowingly Connect to Bogus Wi-Fi Hotspots and Expose Peronal Information

An experiment conducted to see how many people would log on to free, unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots near the site of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Sunday revealed that people are still not diligent enough about protecting their personal information. More than 1,200 people connected to the fake Wi-Fi networks set up by Avast Software, the researchers said. Of the people who connected to the networks, Avast found 68% left their personal information exposed.

Over the course of a day, Avast saw more than 1.6 gigabytes transferred from more than 1,200 users. Of those, almost 7% shopped on Amazon, and 1% accessed a banking app or banking website; 5% played Pokemon Go; 4% visited government domains or websites. A small number also accessed dating apps or pornography sites.

You can read the press release from Avast Software at http://goo.gl/zlKqlY.

I think it is time to educate Republicans and everyone else about the use of VPNs and other security measures.

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