Not long ago I ate at Sugar and Spice in Boquete. I noticed it was full of customers and all were using the Internet via laptop of cell phone.
I opened my phone and saw that there was an open WiFi server set up by Sugar and Spice. I continued to use my Cell Phone provider’s connection and ignored Sugar and Spice’s available connection.
I told the friend I was with that I never use public open WiFi. I explained why and told him since he was a regular there that he should advise S&S to enable a simple password to protect their clients.
Whether he has done that and they have changed or not, I have no idea.
Today, I came across this article in my daily reading.
It provides a very good explanation of the danger.
This is another reason I have ordered a Google Pixel. With the Pixel, Google is providing a builtin VPN that will be enabled in cases where you come upon open WiFi sites that are known.
You can’t be too secure these days, but you can become more secure by learning a little bit more. It still surprises me how many non secure WiFi sites are available in Panama. It may done in the name of simplicity, but when simplicity enables identity theft, it should be avoided.
UPDATE: I had posted this on Facebook Boquete News to insure that those in Boquete, who don’t follow this blog, could be made aware of the problem and inform the owner, if it had not been corrected.
However, the post on FB Boquete News was deleted, I have to assume because it was considered to be a negative inditement of a Boquete business. It was not. It was informational and I assumed some client would be willing to notify the owner as well as other businesses that provide similar non secure connections.
This appears to be another example of political correctness being more important than public safety.