A security company decided it would teach people a lesson and set up several fake Wi-Fi access points around the Republican National Convention site in Cleveland.
Over the course of a day, more than 1,000 attendees used these open, unprotected Wi-Fi hotspots to check their mail, used smartphone apps, and even played Pokemon while everything they did was looked at by the security researchers. Imagine if they had been bad guys.
You should always watch what Wi-Fi hotspots you connect to, and use a VPN to help keep your sensitive information out of the hands of hackers.
Would be interesting if they did the same thing at the Democrats' convention and compare the results. Read more about Avast's findings in their press release, they have a bunch of stats on who did what.
It's not pretty: