If you use a wireless internet network in your home or in a public place, hackers could be eavesdropping. That's because many people leave their connection insecure giving thieves looking to steal your identity access to your personal information. Experts we spoke with say secure your wireless connection to keep your identity protected.
When you use a wireless internet connection, if you don't secure your laptop, you leave yourself open to identity theft.
"They have access to their internet connection number one. Number two you could have access to their files if they have anything shared or open on their computers, and if you have the knowledge and tools, you can also look at what they are doing." said Cat Man Du Owner, Ray Wilson.
Frank Danielson, a telecommuter, uses the wireless internet connection at local coffee shops.He says he hasn't had any problems in 9 years, but he does take extra precautions.
"One thing you can do is to make sure you have the software for the anti virus up to date. As far as the company is concerned we use a secure tunnel a vpn it's pretty secure."
People in public places aren't the only ones at risk. People can log on to your wireless connection and steal your personal information all while you are in the comfort of your own home, but there are some things you can do.
"All wireless routers come with a way to encrypt that connection so no one can just log on to that connection and start looking around."
While you may not think it could happen to you, the F.B.I. is warning consumers the crime is on the rise and they should secure their connections. In fact, the agency says eight out of ten wireless connections are not secured.