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Report: One in Four Wi-Fi Hotspots Insecure

Report: One in Four Wi-Fi Hotspots Insecure

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Encryption not used at many Wi-Fi hotspots

Kaspersky Lab recently published a detailed report on the state of Wi-Fi security across the globe. Research showed that nearly a quarter of Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe used no encryption all at.

According to the report, 24.7 percent of Wi-Fi hotspots in the world use no encryption–none at all. This lack of encryption means that hackers only need to be located near the hotspot to possibly access sensitive data.

Insecure are just one part of the security equation, but this lack of encryption opens the door to cyber criminals nonetheless. Websites or applications accessed via insecure Wi-Fi can protect data with their own encryption, but unencrypted Wi-Fi can still expose certain pieces of data.

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

Nearly 75 percent of all access points analyzed use encryption based on the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocol family. According to Kaspersky Lab, WPA currently offers the most security.

The reported stressed that ability to hack a WPA connection depends on a number of factors. However, one that continually plays a role is password security. The complexity of the password that the creator of the hotspot used is always a huge factor in overall security of that Wi-Fi hotspot.

Regional differences in security

Korea had the highest proportion of unsecured connections–47.9 percent. The U.S. ranked 12th on the list of countries with 39.31 percent unsecured connections.

Germany showcased the most Wi-Fi security among Western European countries, as the country had 84.91 percent of hotspots secured by WPA/WPA2 protocol encryption.

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