The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), a nationally recognized non-profit focusing on identity theft and related issues, has just published a whitepaper containing the results of its Public WiFi Usage Survey, which aimed to measure the level of knowledge and usage of public WiFi. The ITRC conducted this survey in order to better understand how consumers perceive and use public WiFi.

This information would then be used to heighten consumer awareness about safe usage of public WiFi.

“While technology seems to be making all of our lives easier, it can also leave us open to unsafe practices in exchange. Many people do not realize that using the Internet at your local café can lead to identity theft,” said Nikki Junker, Social Media Manager for the ITRC.

Some highlights of the study, which was done in conjunction with PRIVATE WiFi, include:

  • ¾ of the respondents had used Public WiFi in coffee shops/restaurants within the last 12 months.
  • 79% of respondents believed that using a free Public WiFi connection can lead to identity theft.
  • Nearly 40% of survey respondents did not know there are ways to protect sensitive data when using Public WiFi.

Click here to view the full whitepaper on the ITRC website. In connection with the release of the survey findings, PRIVATE WiFi created an infographic containing a great deal of information from the study. Click here to view the infographic on PRIVATE WiFi’s website.

About the ITRC

The Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft. Visit Victims may contact the ITRC at 888-400-5530.

About Private Communications Corporation

Private Communications Corporation is a security technology company that protects personal data and information online. PRIVATE WiFi, the company’s flagship software product, encrypts all computer data across unencrypted WiFi networks, ensuring online privacy for those without access to virtual private networks (VPNs).