Public Wi-Fi poses some serious risks from hackers. What makes free Wi-Fi hotspots desirable for us as individuals also makes them useful for hackers.
The most significant threat is for hackers to be in between the data on your device and the hotspot you are transmitting data to. Being in the middle allows hackers to see: emails, credit card information, usernames/passwords, etc. It's also possible for hackers to implant malware via Wi-Fi hotspots.
Oren recommends the following next steps:
- Use a VPN
- Always Use HTTPS
- Turn Off Sharing