We all do it. As do our children. When you go somewhere, especially to work, you hunt out the free WIFI like a person possessed. Getting online as soon as possible gets you reconnected to both social media and work systems.
However, in general, we never think about how “open and insecure” these WIFI networks are. We never ask the provider (Coffee house, airport, even our local Clarks shoe shop) what security practices and systems they have set up to protect you.
It’s common that hackers will target these to try and obtain data from your devices whether they be laptops, phones or tablets.
Business Insider has written a great article which talks about how best way to protect yourself. Some of the terminology you may not know but it’s worth looking into.
If you are a parent who wants to protect your children, and help them understand good online safety or if you are a business who has the duty to protect your company data and your employees, then some investigation into this is sensible.