Careful Use of Public WiFi for Online Banking!

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According to security firm Kaspersky Lab, data on mobile devices - particularly cell phones and tablet PCs - could easily fall into the hands of cyber criminals exploit the middle of a public WiFi.
This surprising result is found by Kaspersky Lab experts based on research conducted by Harris Interactive in mid-February to March 2012. To understand customer behavior towards technology and security threats, they conducted a survey of 9000 mobile device users in the United States, Europe, and Russia.
The survey indicated that about 70% of tablet and 53% of mobile users using public WiFi networks to surf in cyberspace.
Using public networks become the most common way used to access the internet, in addition to the mobile operator network. As many as 58% of people surveyed for data communication state using a public network.
"But it seems a lot of mobile device users are not aware of the dangers of using public WiFi networks," Kaspersky said in a statement to detikINET.
One is data transferred through the various links can be easily intercepted by cybercriminals, including login data for online banking.
"This is very dangerous because of the interception of critical financial data is a major problem for about 60% of users of mobile devices. That makes it increasingly alarming, mobile devices are generally less protected for unauthorized access from other devices, rather than a computer." Kaspersky further.
The survey also revealed the fact that the only security solution installed on the existing half of the tablet and less than 1/4 phone or smartphone, aka about 28%. Whereas 82% of mobile device users have antivirus software on their computers and laptops.
Surprisingly, although designed as a mobile device, widely used tablet to access the internet at home (49% of tablets) or in the office (39%).
"The network's office usually has a better level of protection and use a protocol with encryption to ensure security of data transferred. However, this does not mean other security measures to protect mobile devices can be ignored," Kaspersky stressed.

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