“You’ve probably read at least one story with warnings about using unsecure public Wi-Fi hotspots, so you know that eavesdroppers can capture information traveling over those networks,” Eric Geier reports for PC World.
“But nothing gets the point across as effectively as seeing the snooping in action,” Geier reports. “So I parked myself at my local coffee shop the other day to soak up the airwaves and see what I could see.”
Geier reports, “My intent wasn’t to hack anyone’s computer or device—that’s illegal—but just to listen. It’s similar to listening in on someone’s CB or walkie-talkie radio conversation. Like CBs and walkie-talkies, Wi-Fi networks operate on public airwaves that anyone nearby can tune into.”
Read more, including how to use Wi-Fi hotspots securely, in the full article – recommended – here.