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Q765: Is it safe to use a public wi-fi connection?

Many city centres and cafes now offer free wireless internet connections that can be accessed using a laptop or mobile telephone. When the device is asked to search for nearby wireless connections, the device will display a list of available networks and connect to the network that you select.

Increasingly, hackers are setting up their own networks in public places that will also appear on the network lists. These will appear identical to the genuine networks e.g. BT, Sky etc.

Once connected to a hacker's network you will probably be directed to a bogus website asking you for personal information such as bank details and passwords.

Be wary of any websites or emails asking for details. See the question on 'phishing' for further details.

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