‘Public’ wireless networks or hotspots mean that we can continue to be online in places like public transport, cafés, hotels and pubs. However, public wifi networks can be breached easily. And even though some public wifi networks will require a password, these are usually simply to inform the owner of the café or public place that you are online in their café. They will almost certainly not provide security through encryption.
Also, some apps and websites are encrypted, many will not be.
So when we log on using public networks, be aware that it is relatively easy for hackers to get in and ‘read’ what is being sent from your device.
The best way to know your information is safe while using public Wi-Fi is to use a virtual private network.