Most public hotspots don’t use encryption, so assume that anyone can see your internet traffic.
Here’s our top tips on securing your notebook:
• Make sure it's a legitimate hotspot; there have been examples of people setting up pirate routers with the same name as a legitimate one. These routers can be used to capture personal data, so check the name of the wireless network before you connect.
Most places will have the network name written somewhere. If you can’t see it, ask someone.