According to recent research, around half of Wi-Fi networks in the UK are vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves.
The research, carried out on behalf of CPP, involved ethical hacker Jason Hart visiting 6 prominent UK cities and testing private Wi-Fi networks that broadcast signals to public places.
Using equipment easily available in the market, Hart found that 40,000 Wi-Fi networks ran a high risk of being hijacked by hackers.
The study also revealed that almost a quarter of private wireless networks had no password protection, making them easily accessible to people who would use for dubious purposes. Surprisingly, 80 per cent of Britons are under the impression that their Wi-Fi network is secure.
Hart said in a statement: “When people think of hackers they tend to think of highly organised criminal gangs using sophisticated techniques to crack networks. However, as this experiment demonstrates, all a hacker requires is a laptop computer and widely available software to target their victims.”