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Research: no matter its source, people will connect to any Wi-Fi

Symantec says as long as the connection is strong, free and fast, consumers will carry out pretty much any activity they normally would without thinking of the consequences. Research: no matter its source, people will connect to any Wi-Fi

New research from security firm Symantec claims that consumers will connect to any Wi-Fi network available as long as it’s strong, free and fast.

The availability of such Wi-Fi, according to Symantec, means people will use pretty much anything on it, from corporate credentials, online banking codes and even watch adult content.

These behaviours are putting consumers and corporates at risk of credential leaking.

Symantec’s 2017 Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report, released today and announced in a release, surveyed more than 15,000 consumers in 15 countries to learn about their public Wi-Fi practices and perceptions.

Symantec says that many of the UK findings show that people are aware of the risks of public Wi-Fi, but are not necessarily adapting their behaviour.

Eighty-four percent are acting in a way which could put risk their personal and private information at risk.

“There is a deep divide between what people think is safe or private when using public Wi-Fi versus the reality,” said Nick Shaw, vice president and general manager at Norton by Symantec in a press release. “What someone thinks is private on their personal device can easily be accessed by hackers through unsecure Wi-Fi networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities.”

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