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Infographic: Is free Wi-Fi a friend or foe?

This infographic provides some current usage numbers for Wi-Fi connected devices and offers basic tips and security precautions for those using public Wi-Fi networks.

Courtesy of Veracode, the infographic below serves as a good reminder for many corporate users of the risks inherent in using public Wi-Fi networks, in particular. If you haven't already, it might be a good idea to offer some user training on how to stay safe using Wi-Fi connected devices.

Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe?

Infographic by Veracode Application Security

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3 comments
shynes
shynes

Great poster! Nice retro look and it really reads well and tells the story. It should be used as a broadsheet placemat in schools and businesses everywhere! Steve Hynes

danbi
danbi

If you have the ability, by all means set up encrypted VPN to your home or workplace. Traffic will travel long ways, but will always be encrypted. Unfortunately, not all mobile devices have VPN software... There are public tunneling services.. those might present security problem as well, use with caution. Another interesting observation: we are told the number of Android smartphones is higher than the number of iOS smartphones. But it seems most of these phones are not in fact "smart", because they don't use any form of network connectivity and are used just as feature phones.

yodi.collins
yodi.collins

"Most of these phones"? Can you elaborate, or could you just not resist an opportunity to bash Android?