WIFI – Is Your Mobile, Tablet or Laptop Safe Online?

Wifi- How Safe Is Yours?

Do you use Wifi with your mobile phone, tablet or laptop? Do you worry about how safe it may be while you are online? I’m always on my Droid on the go and haven’t given it much thought until I came across this infographic. Of course I’ve never done any online banking on my mobile device as that would send up a red flag. But what about using email, web surfing and social networks on the go?

By the end of this year there will be more mobile connected devices than people on earth.”

Isn’t that fact just amazing?

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Privacy and Wifi wifi

Always remember one thing – according to PC World nothing you do on Wifi  is private. Anyone else using the same password on the Wifi network can see your communications. Another tip that PC world offers is to use HTTPS for checking your email with Wifi. Gmail does that automatically now on all accounts.  If you still are using Yahoo or AOL you may want to set up a Gmail account just for Wifi purposes if you are a heavy user of it. Another great tidbit is if you are paying for Wifi use, it does NOT make it any safer. It just means you are paying for the service. Talented hackers can even modify their wireless card to clone the identity of your wireless card, thus obtaining free access through a commercial hotspot by “piggybacking” on your signals.

Be sure to check out the 7 safety tips at the bottom of this infographic on using Wifi today!

How Safe Is That Wifi?

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How often do you use Wifi? Do you worry about the safety of using it?

Have you have had an issue using Wifi? 

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 6 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

54 comments On WIFI – Is Your Mobile, Tablet or Laptop Safe Online?

  • Actually it’s very truthful article. Everyone should be aware of it before using wifi. Useful one. thank you. I am gonna share this article to make everyone aware of it.

  • Holla there. I agree with you Lisa. Wifi can lead to robbery of our personal information. But now a days browsers are more secured and mobile browsers are improved every now and than. I have seen many people who don’t update there web browsers even they get updates. I am not saying that it is fully secured but some where some times it plays vital role.
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  • Very Good infographics on wifi security and risk. working with public wifi network is very so i avoid it all the time.
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  • I have it but I don’t use it, I simply don’t need it. I’m working on my PC and that’s it.
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  • Thanks Lisa. Just to be clear when browsing a site (such as this one), it’s absolutely fine that it is unsecure. It’s only when you start logging in with passwords that you’d want HTTPS.
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  • I’m all for privacy and such. While there are options such as VPNs for much safer public wifi usage, it’s really not that much of a threat. The biggest risk is fake hotspots, as the infographic suggests. If you are connected to a legit hotspot though, there isn’t much that other users can do to you. All modern email, facebook, bank sites etc use HTTPS which is not something that can easily be hacked. I advocate caution always, but common sense usually goes a lot further than any technical prevention measures.
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  • Hello Lisa,

    I hardly use Wi-Fi except my home installed option. However, I have found out that when on the go, I may have no other option than to use hotspots both at airports and hotel rooms.

    However, apart from the safety measures you just mentioned, installing apps such as the Surf Easy both on my iPad and PC and using their security dongle allows an added layer of security that sure gives peace of mind.

    You may wish to try this option out – and yes, it’s free! 😀

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  • Hi Lisa, I was just talking to a friend last week who complained that her email was being hacked constantly. I asked her if she was logging in on her Wi-Fi at work. She said she was every day and I told her that was the problem. Her Wi-Fi at work is totally unsecured so I showed her how to turn off her Wi-Fi on her iPhone so she could use her cellular data instead.

    Nothing is secure, but often people don’t realize how vulnerable they are with Wi-Fi. Thanks for this excellent infographic bringing this issue to light!
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  • Great sharing…I also totally agree with you that on single Wifi network,if other is using the same password,then he or she can communicate or can see all the data.So we should have follow some privacy steps which are best shared by you..
    thanks for it…:)
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    • Thanks Riya, yes, one must be careful when using their Wifi especially for sensitive info like banking and passwords. You are welcome and have a great rest of the weekend there.

  • Great post Lisa,
    I truly appreciate what you are trying to tell here . Wi fi connections are not that safe and specially if it is public connection then
    you must avoid some online money transaction or bank rekated work on it

  • OMG…this is not good news!!! Why the heck they would have the WIFI available to us and us not being safe? Although I don’t do my banking on iPhone neither on my Tablet, when we’re on a restaurant, sometimes me & daughter will access WIFI on the Internet. We don’t do it very often, tho. So yeah…this is NOT GOOD. Dang. Thanks for the information. I appreciate this a lot. Gotta tell my family about this coz I didn’t know.

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  • Hey Lisa,
    Thanks for sharing this important post with us. These days Wi-Fi is become common thing and probably everyone is using it. I have no idea that Wi-Fi is also not secure. After reading this post, I learned lots of new things. Thanks for sharing safety tips with us. I will surely gonna use them. I really like the way you explain this important information with the help of pics.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    As you know, I’m not on the go a lot. When I am I rarely check my phone.

    Now I’ve taken my laptop with me places when I’ve had to take my Mom to the doctor or hospital but I’m very leery about logging into any of my accounts on their WiFi connections. That’s why when a lot of people will say they’re on the run and they do all of the same stuff while they’re out I hope they have their own secure connection but most of us don’t.

    The only thing I’ll do is comment or read other blogs but I refuse to log into my blog or my email accounts only because I’m not giving anyone the opportunity to hack into my stuff.

    Having their WiFi connections is cool but they make me nervous. Seeing this infographic helped me know that I’ve done the right thing. Thanks for sharing this and I’m not surprised with any of those stats.

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    • Hi Adrienne, oh yes I do know, you just got the iPhone not too long ago. You are wise to be cautious. I was surprised to read about Gmail being the only safe one to check, that was good for me to know. And I’m glad I’m using more via it than ever before. I think we all take it for granted until we get a virus or hacked. Sort of our human nature, isn’t it? Thanks for coming by Adrienne and have a fabulous Friday and weekend ahead. I’m looking forward to temps hitting 60 around here this weekend 🙂
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  • Hello Lisa, Great Infographic, I for one do need to pay more attention to this kind of stuff. I am way to trusting of a person, I forget about those hackers YIkes! Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

    P.S. I landed on you blog here today Via Kingged where I also commented and kingged this post..
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  • Hi Lisa,

    My wifi has never been hacked ( I hope so ;)). I think I keep pretty strong passwords to keep it secure. I thought of using Mac level authentication but then it is too impractical.
    My computer was hacked once and after that I realized the value of Malware protection ( because it will steal everything). I use hitman pro for scanning my machine in addition to antivirus ( which have become useless these days 🙂 ) . And I avoid any public networks to connect to my emails and other stuff.
    Finger crossed for now 😉
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  • Hi Lisa
    I am always a little dubious about what I do on any public wifi.
    You are basically doing it in the “open” and it is very simple for people to steal your passwords and such while you are there.
    Of course a lost password to something that you use is bad, but to do something like ebanking while on wifi is an absolute NO.
    It reminds me of the old hotel craziness you often get by email: Sir, please send us your credit card number by email for confirmation! WHAT, are you crazy. Emails get bounced over endless servers between you and the recipient, and it is in plain text! So you might have HTTPS between you and Google, but once it leaves Google anyone can read it! Anyone.
    Do not send crucial info over email (passwords included).

    Anyway, such a dangerous world we live in :>
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  • Lisa, fab points! I never really use WiFi during my travels on the road. I might use it in a house we’re renting, or a hotel, but other than that I steer clear of usage at airports or other hotspots because of the noted public network hooligans out there 😉

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  • Hello,

    Wonderful info graphics, Well to be honest I generally use wifi to all my devices like laptop, mobile and tablet because I don’t have any other alternative to connect internet to all these devices.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    That’s pretty scary. The good thing is that I don’t have a smart phone and I use my tablet only for video and sounds, so no much problem here.

    I do have my gmail connect to there, though, but I don’t know if it makes any difference.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Interesting infographic. I do use WiFi to check my social media and Outlook email but I’ve never used my mobile for online banking.

    I do worry about my information being compromised so I have Norton on our mobile phones too. I’m paying a little more each year to renew my subscription but it’s worth it if it means they can protect me as much as possible.

    Thankfully I haven’t had any issues with Wifi. Thanks for sharing this with us Lisa. Great info! Hope all is well!
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  • For me, this article is timely. Just trying to sign up with an online payment service and I got concerned about safety of using this service . I guess, I should be more cautious about the approach and be willing risk the resources I can lose. The activities of hackers scare me!

    In kingged.com, this post is shared and “kingged” for its value to content marketers.

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  • Egads! 👿 Nothing is sacred anymore and there are always more and more hackers out there trying to catch a free ride off OUR information. Remember back in the days when we just had typewriters and no cellphones? Was the word “Hacker” even around then? I love the infographic and am definitely passing it along. Thanks for shedding light on this subject!
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  • Hi Lisa,
    This is a nice article and it showcased an interesting infographic.

    Now coming to the topic, I beg to differ on a few points. “Anyone else using the same password on the Wifi network can see your communications”. I agree it. But isn’t a normal wired network have the same concern. The only difference is that in a wired network, the hacker/cracker need to physically get connected by plugging into the network using an ethernet cable.

    What makes Wi-Fi more prone to attacks is the absence of wire. Unlike in wired network, anybody in the vicinity (to be precise in the range of wireless radio) can listen to these wireless packets. So, naturally the security is at stake here.

    And like you said, one could clone the WiFi card and it is as easy as pressing an enter button (It just require a one line command both in Linux and Windows).

    With the advent of smartphones and tablets, avoiding Wi-Fi is totally impossible. So it’s better to have a password (go for WPA not WEP) and use HTTPS site while surfing like you have mentioned in the post 😀
    And if you need to get intimidated more, let me tell you for a pro hacker WPA password is crack-able 😀

    Thanks for sharing this thought provoking article .

    Wish you a nice day.

    PS: I found this post in Kingged.com where I have Kingged and commented.

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    • Hi Jakes, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Thank you. Interesting on the same password on wired Wifi. That’s pretty scary that they could actually clone the Wifi card easily. Yes HTTPS is always best when possible. You are welcome and nice to know you came from Kingged.com – they are getting more and more bloggers active lately – a great site for sure.
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    • Hello Jakes,

      I appreciate the way yo nicely eliminated all the odds…that leaves us with online security USB options like the ones offered by Easy Surf. What do you say about those? And the apps that run on the iPad and Android systems from the same company?

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  • Hi Lisa,

    That was in interesting infographic 🙂

    I hardly use WiFi on my phone, but my kids do whenever we are travelling so I’d surely be forwarding them this post, though they do take care about the password. Yes, I am very careful with my laptop when I take it around and prefer using it sparingly while travelling. Never any accounts or when there are others accessing the net around. However, you can never say anything about hackers and their way of working – what all they might do and how they can creep into your system.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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  • I rely on wifi more and more these days Lisa.

    When I stopped work, I decided because I don’t travel so much I’d cut down the monthly data I’d take out with my iPhone.

    It makes sense for me as I use the wifi at home more than anything.

    I admit though that I do use the free wifi in Costa Coffee but I’d never do any online banking on the go over wifi.

    It’s mostly social media that I’d look at but emails too perhaps.

    I don’t use my Gmail account at all so maybe I need to redirect everything there as well so it’s more secure!

    Thanks for the tip :-).
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  • As a rule of thumb, I never use wi-fi to check very personal accounts (email, banking and so on). I only use it to do general browsing.

    My tip for Yahoo email users. Have your email forwarded to a gmail account and check/read all your email securely via gmail (without need to fully switch over your email address).
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