Sophos expert on the TODAY Show explains “how to protect yourself from hackers”

james-lyne-today-show-150Being on the front lines of security means bringing the expertise of our researchers and experts to the public.

So we were thrilled to get a call from NBC’s the TODAY Show to explain how unsecured Wi-Fi connections can reveal a lot more about you than you might like — and how hackers can use that information to compromise your identity and steal your private data.

James Lyne, global head of security research at Sophos, explains in the segment how hackers can discover your name, home or business address, and past Wi-Fi connections; and read your emails, see your passwords, or attack you with phony websites to get at your bank accounts and more.

As TODAY Show host Matt Lauer put it, people typically don’t think about security when they jump online from their mobile devices or laptops to check email or surf the web.

“But are you also leaving your personal information up for grabs,” Lauer asks.

As James’s warbiking experiment shows, the answer to that question is a definitive “yes.”

Go here to watch the TODAY Show video.

Learn more about Wi-Fi security

To learn more about James’s World of Warbiking tour, check out sophos.com/warbiking. And for more wireless security tips, go to sophos.com/tips.

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