The Jet Set: Traveling through These Airports? Don’t Connect to Their Public Wi-Fi

Posted: July 18, 2018 / Author: Keren

You may want to think twice before using the Wi-Fi at San Diego International Airport.

A new study from Cloud security company Coronet ranks the safety of the public Wi-Fi at 45 of the busiest airports and SDIA was found to be the absolute worst.

The study reviewed data over a five-month period starting in January. Based on that review, each airport was assigned a threat index score which is an indication of the device vulnerability and Wi-Fi network risks.

While free, public airport Wi-Fi may often be a godsend, the networks are often unencrypted, insecure or improperly configured, said the Coronet study.

“Far too many U.S. airports have sacrificed the security of their Wi-Fi networks for consumer convenience,” said Dror Liwer, Coronet’s founder and CISO. “As a result, business travelers in particular put not just their devices, but their company’s entire digital infrastructure at risk every time they connect to Wi-Fi that is unencrypted, unsecured or improperly configured.”

San Diego’s airport scored a 10 out of 10, higher than any other airport. Coronet found that a Wi-Fi access point with the name “#SANfreewifi” was running an ARP Poisoning attack, a fact that should make most Wi-Fi using travelers cringe. While the site appeared to users to be the airport-sanctioned free Wi-Fi server, in fact, it was not.

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