Do This One Thing to Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi

The horror stories are almost as endless as the Internet itself. Laptop-toting customers are being hacked at coffee shops. Guests are being digitally pick-pocketed in hotel lobbies. Travelers’ smartphones are getting snooped on in airports.

In an age of ever-increasing digital security, how can this be happening? It turns out you can blame pineapples.

“The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a tool that makes fake Wi-Fi hotspots that automatically match the name of whatever network devices have previously connected to,” says Ben Miller, a Wi-Fi consultant and blogger with Sniff Wi-Fi.