A new study conducted across the UK has revealed that more than half of home Wi-Fi networks can be hacked in less than 5 seconds.
A nation-wide study conducted on behalf of insurance company CPP found that around 20,000 networks in six major UK cities had no password protection at all.
The research involved ethical hackers spending around 30 minutes in every city using laptops and free available software tools to hack into any Wi-Fi networks they picked up, The Telegraph reported.
CPP also revealed that 9,249 private Wi-Fi networks had no password protection, despite the fact that 82 per cent of the people believing that their network is secure. Wherever the ethical hackers found a password protected Wi-Fi network, most of them were bypassed within seconds.
CPP identity fraud expert Michael Lynch told the Telegraph: “This report is a real eye-opener in highlighting how many of us have a cavalier attitude to wi-fi use, despite the very real dangers posed by unauthorised use.”