Connected devices are physical objects that can connect with each other and other systems via the internet. It’s not just laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets that count as connected devices – more and more everyday objects are joining the list. For example, household appliances, heating and cooling systems, vehicles, smart doorbells, and security systems can all be connected devices.
Any device or object connected to the internet is susceptible to data theft and cyber attacks. Devices which are equipped with voice command capabilities can even listen to and record conversations.
The most common sensitive data used online are banking details, credit card numbers, and user account information – e.g usernames and passwords. Other examples of sensitive data are your medical history, driver’s license information, National Insurance number, home address, phone number and date of birth.
To access free Wi-Fi, you are often required to provide personal details such as email addresses, phone numbers, and social accounts. These can be used to gain insight into your habits and preferences and build targeted adverts specific to you.
feel their data is generally secure when using public Wi-Fi
use public Wi-Fi once a day
logged into their personal emails while using public Wi-Fi
have also filled in a form with personal details
Some networks may even track your location in future by automatically connecting your device to other networks run by the same provider.
Using a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel for your data, protects your online identity by hiding your IP address, and allows you to use public Wi-Fi hotspots safely.