This method is used to ‘listen’, monitor, or record information shared over an unencrypted Wi-Fi network. Criminals may be able to access your data and computer to steal your personal information. Data traveling over an unencrypted network can be viewed by eavesdroppers listening in on your connection. Encrypted data is scrambled so that only the intended recipient at the end of the line can decipher it and understand what it says.
Make sure that you are connected to a trusted network (e.g. your home network, 3G, or some other Wi-Fi). Remember that free networks are rarely encrypted in public places and that, by default, Wi-Fi are insecure. Just because a network asks for a password, it does not mean that it is also encrypted. You want to connect to encrypted, password-protected networks. Always turn on security (WPA2) and set a good password for your home Wi-Fi network.