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A whopping 96 per cent of Indians put personal information at risk while using public Wi-Fi for checking bank accounts, sharing personal photos and videos, a report by Norton by Symantec said on Tuesday.
"There is a deep divide between what people think is safe when it comes to using public Wi-Fi versus the reality," said Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec, in a statement.
"What someone thinks are private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cyber criminals through unsecure Wi-Fi Networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities," he added.
The report says that 73 per cent of Indians will do or swap something for a strong Wi-Fi signal including watching a three minute advertisement (35 per cent), to something as critical as allowing access to personal emails (19 per cent), personal photographs (22 per cent), online dating profiles (16 per cent), contact lists (19 per cent) and giving permission to access and even edit personal social media profiles (19 per cent).
The report provides certain measures to ensure security over the web which includes using Virtual Private Network (VPN) and looking for 'HTTPS' (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) in the web addresses while visiting a website.
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