An investigation of the different risks associated with: The public Wi-Fi and Hotspots
The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The use of Wi-Fi and public hotspots has increased during the past years. A statistical study done by Cisco declared that there were roughly 279 million hotspots in 2018, which further demonstrates the importance of a review of the risks associated with these networks. This research paper investigates some of the risks associated with the usage of public hotspots from different aspects and discusses some of the ways to mitigate these risks. Discussions and findings in this paper not only emphasize on UAE as the case point of the study but also look into it from different countries, different opinions through a survey for 150 participants. While in this research paper we will touch on risks of using public Wi-Fi hotspots and its impact on personal safety when it comes to personal data, privacy as well as national security, this research paper will narrow down the research to a more specific point which represents the gap in the study and which clearly represents same limitations in different countries while dealing with various challenges related to public hotspots. This point and research gap are simply about the government role in protecting public Wi-Fi hotspot users. Even in countries like India and UK as referenced before in previous chapters where the government took actions in protecting end-user smart devices, unfortunately, all experiments were done inside government workplaces itself. Looking at the entire picture and how quickly technology advances we expect more initiatives to be done by governments in different countries to handle this huge risk of unprotected or not regulated public Wi-Fi users. Following that we expect more research paper to surface that covers the results of these initiatives and put it into the discussion from different aspects.
public Wi-Fi, public hotspots, Cisco