AARP issues alert about using public Wi-Fi networks

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Wi-Fi is great to be able to use so you don't burn through your data plan, if you happen to have one.

However, AARP says using free and public Wi-Fi can be risky, with scammers creating networks with names similar to the one the user intends to connect to.

Once a person has connected to such a network, the scammer can hijack that person's information.

AARP suggests users do more checking of apps focused on weather or sports scores, instead of checking banking statements or emails.

The group also recommends not having mobile devices automatically connect to a public Wi-Fi system.

Instead, AARP recommends using a virtual private network, or VPN, to protect yourself and your information.

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