I’ve returned to the same coffee shop where I was a few months ago, where I noticed my email had been hijacked/hacked. This time, I’m using my phone, but the last time, when I noticed the hack, I was using my computer and doing email over an open-internet, free Wi-Fi network.
Do you think that could be the source of the problem or just a coincidence? I’m still afraid to do email from here.
It definitely could have been. Unfortunately, it’s hard to say for sure; it could have been something else unrelated.
As we can’t really diagnose the past, let’s look ahead instead.
It can be absolutely safe to send and receive email from a coffee shop or any other location that provides unsecured or “open” Wi-Fi. In fact, I do it all the time.
But to ensure your safety, you do have to follow some very important practices.