“So you’re at your favorite coffee shop and have hopped on to the free WiFi with your tablet to check your social networks, read the latest news, and maybe take a quick peek at your bank balance while you’re enjoying your latte,” Elizabeth Harper writes for Techlicious. “We’re so used to having Internet access whenever and wherever we need it that we don’t often stop to consider whether logging into a public network is safe.”

“Using public WiFi isn’t unlike having a conversation in a public place: Others can overhear you. If you don’t take precautions, information your devices send over a public WiFi network goes out in clear text — and anyone else on the network could easily take a look at what you’re doing with just a few simple software tools.,” Harper writes. “Someone spying could easily pick up your passwords or other private information. If you use the same password on multiple sites, that could be a big problem”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]