- 80 percent of respondents reported they connect to public Wi-Fi networks at least once a week.
- 61 percent of respondents indicated they use internet devices, such as cell phones, laptops or tablets, on public networks daily.
- 39 percent of respondents state they trust public Wi-Fi.
- 26 percent of respondents state they strongly agree that there is no real difference between secured and unsecured networks.
- Before providing any personal information to a retailer, make sure you verify how your information will be used and stored.
- Be cautious about clicking on links or opening attachments in emails from people you do not know. Emails may contain malware that will allow cybercriminals to steal information and hack devices.
- Ensure that your devices are secure and their protection is up to date. Install anti-virus software and set your operating system software to automatically download new security patches as they become available.
- Be alert for fake websites, and do not share any personal or financial information with a website you do not trust. Stick to familiar websites when shopping online. If you have to use an unfamiliar website, check the web domain on bbb.com or scamadvisor.com.
Survey MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix between Sept. 21-30, 2016, among 2,235 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who use a mobile device on a network other than in their own home or at a workplace. For the purposes of this report, qualified respondents will be referred to as "rogue Wi-Fi" users. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Cooper Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1. National Retail Federation2. Definition by Microsoft: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc700820.aspx About College of Information Systems and Technology University of Phoenix® College of Information Systems and Technology is a leader and advocate for the development and advancement of IT in global business operations. The College offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Its Faculty Advisory Council, composed of experts and leaders in the field, helps ensure curriculum is on pace with national and international market demands. Providing innovative digital learning tools developed to suit all learning styles, the College focuses on building technical knowledge and its successful application to real-world business environments. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu/technology. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. ( Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.