Europe's top cybercrime police officer has warned that important information should not be sent over public Wi-Fi hotspots, due to a rise in hacking.
Troels Oerting, head of Europol's cybercrime center, has warned those using Wi-Fi networks in any European country to only use those networks that they know are secure if any data is being sent from their computer or mobile device. RT News reports that there has been a significant increase in attacks.
Oerting told BBC News that "We have seen an increase in the misuse of Wi-Fi, in order to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure Wi-Fi connections. We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure Wi-Fi internet.
"They should do this from home where they know actually the Wi-Fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldn't access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information."
This is because, Oerting went on to explain, "Everything that you send through the Wi-Fi is potentially at risk, and this is something that we need to be very concerned about both as individual users but also as police."
Europol (short for European Police Office) is the European Union's law enforcement agency that handles criminal intelligence.