The coffee-drinking, frequent-flying, hotel-sleeping faithful that depends on businesses offering free WiFi might already know it, but let’s have TechQuickie’s Linus Sebastian remind us: “Public WiFi is about as secure as a screen door — made of cheese.” An exaggeration? Maybe.
But some might be surprised at how insecure such connections can be. New York Times tech columnist David Pogue noted his shock back in 2007. Three years prior, he wrote an article that “attempted to throw water on scare-tactic computer-magazine articles” that preached about the insecurity.
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