Free public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific. They offer users quick and reliable Internet connections where cellular reception is spotty. And even in areas with strong cellular signals, users can connect their phones, tablets and laptops to public Wi-Fi hotspots in order to conserve data on their mobile plans and steer clear of those pesky data caps.

Of course, there is one problem with public Wi-Fi networks, and it’s a big one: They’re completely open, which means any data you send or receive while connected to these networks is vulnerable and can easily be stolen by hackers.

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There are plenty of guides out there that give you tips on how to stay safe while using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Some are better than others, but most are fairly complex.

In an effort to simplify things, has put together one giant infographic that does a good job of explaining some of the dangers of public Wi-Fi networks, and outlining several ways you can protect your sensitive data while connected to an open network.

The full infographic can be seen below.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.