The relaxing atmosphere of surfing at the beach makes it easy to forget about the sharks. Connecting to an unsecured network poses serious risks to your laptop and data.

In a recent study, Bitdefender labs revealed 85% of people choose to connect to a free Wi-Fi, despite clear warnings that their data can be viewed and accessed by a third party.

Surfers can lose sensitive information to hackers in a bewildering variety of ways – especially if they access the Wi-Fi networks available in public locations: