The airport amenity people value most isn’t fancy restaurants or uber-exclusive lounges. It’s fast, free Wi-Fi. After all, cellular service in airports doesn’t have the best rep. However, you might want to think twice before connecting to the Wi-Fi the next time you’re in an airport.
According to a recent study by Coronet, a cybersecurity company, these public networks are often unencrypted, insecure or improperly configured. As a result, it becomes much easier for hackers to access devices connected to the networks and potentially steal personal data. “Any one of these network vulnerabilities can empower an attacker to obtain access credentials to Microsoft Office 365, G-Suite, Dropbox and other popular cloud apps; deliver malware to the device and the cloud, and snoop and sniff device communications,” the study says. While it’s easy to replace credit cardsand void unauthorized transactions, once passwords and companies’ digital infrastructures are exploited, it’s difficult to regain complete access over them.