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Wi-Fi *Hotspots* Not Always Secure

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WASHINGTON--With many of us doing business on the go nowadays, it's extremely convenient to sit down at what's called a "hotspot" and enjoy a latte while accessing the internet.

Though, you do so at your own risk.

Washington Attorney General, Rob McKenna, says hotspots are not 100% secure.

This makes it easy for anyone near you to get sensitive information.

Wi-Fi is a wide open area network.

A computer expert says many businesses who offer it don't necessarily worry about securing it.

They give that responsibility to whoever is using it.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to surf securely outside the home or office.

"You want to make sure that your anti-virus is running (and is updated), says Cline Computers, Joel Cline. You have no shared network drives. You have a firewall turned on."

"You never know who might be listening in or intercepting your signal," warns McKenna. When you use a Wi-Fi network to conduct your business so, best advice is don't use a Wi-Fi networking including a hotspot at a public place to do your banking and other bill paying online."

However, if you stick to simply checking your email or searching various websites, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.