Connecting to public WiFi is the digital equivalent of walking down a dark alley at midnight. An open WiFi connection leaves you and everyone on it very vulnerable. Open WiFi’s, the ones that you don’t need a password to use, are most commonly seen in coffee shops, airports, and malls. Normally, say when you are using your home WiFi, you use a password to connect that’s encrypted between your laptop, tablet, smartphone, and wireless router. Because public WiFi’s don’t require a password, there is no encryption that keeps your activity safe from prying eyes. When using public WiFi, a hacker can see what encrypted and unencrypted websites you go to, the information you enter on forms, and more. Also watch out for Honeypots, the term for fake open WiFi networks created to lure unsuspecting people.