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One in three Indians uses free Wi-Fi to watch adult content, finds study

A global study found that people across the world, including India, used public Wi-Fi to access adult content. It noted that access to Wi-Fi becomes a deciding factor for a major chunk of Indians when it comes to choosing hotels, airlines and eateries.

more lifestyle Updated: Jul 23, 2017 15:00 IST
Press Trust of India
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At a global level, one in six respondents admitted to using public Wi-Fi to watch adult content. (Shutterstock)

One in three Indians surveyed has admitted to having used free public Wi-Fi to watch adult content at places like hotels, airports, libraries and even workplace, says a study by Norton by Symantec.

The global study, which included over 1,000 respondents from India, found “more than one in three Indians admit to using public Wi-Fi to watch adult content”.

But Indians are not alone in this behaviour. At a global level, one in six respondents admitted to using public Wi-Fi to watch adult content. This includes response of people from across countries like Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Brazil, the US and the UK.

Hotels/Airbnb (49%), friend’s place (46%), cafe/restaurants (36%) and workplace (44%) were among the top venues with Indian respondents saying they used the public Wi-Fi at these places to access adult content.

Interestingly, 31% respondents said they had watched adult content on streets using public Wi-Fi, while 34% had done so at a bus/train station. About 24% admitted to have used public Wi-Fi at libraries, while 34% said they had used the service at an airport.

The study also noted that 96% of Indian respondents had acted in a risky manner online using a public Wi-Fi. (Shutterstock)

It is also interesting to note that access to Wi-Fi becomes a deciding factor for a significant chunk of Indians when it comes to choosing hotels, airlines and places to eat. Such is the love for free Wi-Fi that 73% respondents said “they wouldn’t think twice about exchanging, sharing or even doing something to get a strong, free signal”.

“There is a deep divide between what people think is safe when it comes to using public Wi-Fi versus the reality,” says Ritesh Chopra, country manager (consumer business unit) at Symantec.

“What someone thinks are private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cyber criminals through unsecure Wi-Fi networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities,” he adds.

The cybersecurity solutions firm also noted that 96% of Indian respondents had acted in a risky manner online using a public Wi-Fi. While 68% had logged onto their social media accounts, 46% had accessed work emails, 30% said they had accessed their financial information using public Wi-Fi.

Asked about their reaction if hackers accessed/posted their private chat/text conversations, 33% respondents said they would feel angry, while 30% said they would be embarrassed if such a thing were to happen.

About 41% said they would be “most horrified if financial details were stolen and published online”.

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First Published: Jul 23, 2017 14:59 IST