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IDG Contributor Network: Free Wi-Fi is not free from cyber security threats

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Jan 27, 2016.

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    From San Francisco to New York, cities across the country are giving makeovers to old phone booths. This month New York City began replacing thousands of pay phones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The city expects to have 500 hot spots installed by July, and eventually, about 7,500 units will be replaced.” While this 21st century technological upgrade is great for consumers, it poses security risks for the enterprise.

    Tyler Cohen Wood, cyber security adviser to Inspired eLearning, said there are several reasons for concern. In addition to Wi-Fi hotspots opening up the possibility of hackers stealing valuable information, the city will also have the ability to collect information. Each booth will be equipped with a tablet for free calls and web browsing, but this opens the doors for complete strangers to access information and receive passwords if not protected.

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