Public WiFi Threats Dissected

You have heard the loudly voiced fears: Signing onto open, unmanaged, public WiFi networks is about as smart, and safe, as unprotected public sex with strangers.

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Everything up to and including identity theft is blamed on public WiFi -- and yet most of us continue to use it. A recent study, for instance, says 55 percent of mobile devices use public WiFi.

All the threats are reasonably accurately portrayed, but you know what is missing? Quantification of how often users on public WiFi networks are compromised and what costs or damages ensued.

Do you allow your members to bank online using public WiFi? Should you?