Norton app prevents hackers from breaching WiFi hotspots

Norton's WiFi Privacy app shields hacking from snooping on individuals using public WiFi networks

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Norton app prevents hackers from breaching WiFi hotspots The app works by using military-grade encryption technology to scramble information which is sent and received over a public WiFi network to protect a user's identity online.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  August 14, 2016

Norton by Symantec has discovered that more than half of survey respondents believe public WiFi hotspots are safe, despite hackers ease in breaching them.

Norton's "WiFi Risk Report 2016" surveyed over 9,000 individuals and found people are easily providing hackers access to their sensitive information, such as banking credentials when connecting to public WiFi networks. Furthermore, two in three respondents are unable to recognise the difference between a secure and unsecure WiFi network, putting the convenience of connectivity before the security of their personal information.

Norton has unveiled its "Norton WiFi Privacy" app for Android and iOS devices which helps shield individuals from hackers snooping on WiFi networks. It works by using military-grade encryption technology to scramble information which is sent and received over a public WiFi network to protect a user's identity online.

Tamim Taufiq, head of Middle East partnerships, Norton by Symantec, said: "We know many consumers believe that using a password to access public Wi-Fi means their information is safe, but that's not necessarily the case. When using any public Wi-Fi, whether password protected or open, users should be cautious as cybercriminals can easily leverage these connections to access the sensitive information you are sending and receiving.

"Norton WiFi Privacy helps protect information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, and denies access to hackers who may be eavesdropping on the same network."

Individuals worry about cybercriminals getting hold of personal information and sensitive data, as 87% worry about unauthorised access to their financial information, 80% worry about access to personal photos and videos, 86% are concerned with devices getting infected with malware and 79% worry about hackers reading their emails.

Further results show popular apps found on android devices lack security, as 25% of these apps transmit sensitive data without any encryption to keep it protected.

The Norton WiFi Privacy app is now available and a yearly subscription service is AED110, which includes protection for one mobile device and 24/7 in-app support.

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