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Public Wi-Fi hotspots are usually unsecured, since they are intended for users to easily connect to them. Information sent through unsecured wireless transmissions are usually not encrypted, so it’s easy for the data to be intercepted. 

  

Here are some of the risks you’re taking when connected to a public wi-fi hotspot: 

  

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Location Based Services (LBS) is a technology widely used to identify a smartphone device’s geographical location.   Smartphones have a built-in feature which uses GPS and cell tower locations to pinpoint your approximate location. This allows you to post your exact location through social media or other apps.   

 

There are growing locations-based applications (apps) and games that allow you to tell others where you are and what you are doing. For example, many social media apps allow you to type in your location or post your position on a map.  

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Portable storage devices such as USB pen drives or hard drives can easily be moved and can store a large capacity of data. As organizations move toward digitizing their data, they become prone to data breaches and loss of confidential information. 

 

How can you secure your data in storage devices? 

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There are a growing number of location-based apps available for smartphone and other devices, making it easy to show your friends and family where you are and what you’re doing. Smartphones have a built-in feature which uses GPS and cell tower locations to pinpoint your approximate location. This allows you to post your location online through social networking sites or apps and is also used by location-based services such as maps. The location data can also be embedded in photos you take on your smartphone. 

 

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Many airports, hotels and internet cafes around the world provide internet access through public kiosks or computers. This is convenient for those who are unable to have internet access while abroad, but you should also be mindful of the security risks. 

 

What are the risks of using public internet kiosks? 

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