Over 25% of public access points Wi-Fi is unsafe
28% of access points Wi-Fi around the world is not secure and pose a risk to users ‘ personal data. This is stated in the report of the company “Kaspersky Lab”, analyzed information on more than 31 million Wi-Fi networks.
According to the analysis of the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network, 25% of access points are not encrypted or password-protected. This means that data as it passes through the fully opened and can be read by third parties. Another 3% of access points use WEP, which is insecure and can be cracked in minutes using freely available online software tools.
The remaining 72% of access points to Wi-Fi using a more robust encryption Protocol, based on a series of WPA. The steps required to crack these networks depend on the settings, in particular the complexity of the password. For example, if it is lightweight or public, the offender will also be able to decode any transmitted traffic.
Security experts say that all the Wi-Fi connection needs to use a stable encryption — such as WPA2. Without strong cryptography, there is a threat of causing great harm if someone were to gain access to the wireless network. If fraudsters can intercept user names/passwords, you will be able to take control of computers in a Wi-Fi network, grab an account or use Wi-Fi for the implementation of the various anonymous or illegal activities.
Among the countries with the highest percentage of unencrypted access points Wi-Fi included Thailand, France, Israel and the United States. Another study conducted by “Kaspersky Lab”, showed that only 57% of Internet users worried that their data can be intercepted during the communication session Wi-Fi.