Now personal becomes public. Why? The reason being the usage of Public Wi-Fi, by almost 96% of Indians, which has put a whole lot of their personal information at risk, as stated by Norton by Symantec in a recent report.

The ‘Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report 2017’ by Symantec, states that users are largely tempted by a strong, free Wi-Fi network for checking bank accounts, sharing photos and videos and this online behavior are placing all their personal information at risk.

According to Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec, there is a huge disparity between what people consider as safe while considering the use of public Wi-Fi versus the reality. “ What someone thinks are private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cyber criminals through unsecured Wi-Fi Networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities ”, he further added.

Details of the study:

The study states that almost 73% of the Indians either will do something  or swap something for a strong Wi-Fi signal, which enlists even watching a three minute advertisement (35%), to something as critical as allowing access to personal emails(19 %), personal photographs(22%), contact lists(19%) and permitting the access and also editing personal social media profiles(19%).

The survey further states that 31% Indians use public Wi-Fi also for viewing the suggestive contents, out of which 44% admit to doing this at the workplace and 49% doing the same at hotels.

This survey, which was conducted in 15 countries, involving 15,000 consumers, have quite astonishingly produced the conclusion that almost half i.e. 48% of the Indian users have used the Wi-Fi without the network owner’s permission.

The report also enlists certain ways which ensure the security over the web which includes using Virtual Private Network (VPN) and looking for ‘HTTPS’ (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) in the web addresses while visiting a website.