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5 tips to stay safe on public Wi-Fi

7:24 AM, Dec. 19, 2012
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Wi-Fi hotspots are a blessing for travelers and anyone who just wants to do a little Web surfing while having lunch or coffee in a shop. Connecting is convenient, and it helps users avoid going over their cellular data limits and getting socked with overage fees.

If you're not careful about using free public Wi-Fi, however, strangers can snoop on your email and social network conversations. Worse, if you're too casual about mobile banking or shopping, you could end up with a hacked bank account or credit card account.

Hackers with routers and readily available software set up rogue hot spots ...

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