You arrive at the subway — coffee in one hand and your phone in the other — and quickly log into the Wi-Fi before firing off emails as you head to work. It’s a morning routine for many a multitasker in New York City, but it also poses hidden dangers.
Free public Wi-Fi has been available in all underground subway stations for nearly two years. The service, provided by Transit Wireless via a long-term contract with the MTA and NYC Transit, allows commuters to stay connected as they move about the city. But as with any free and public Wi-Fi network, there are risks to using it.
“Like any product on the market, the system is hackable,” said expert Omri Admon, corporate innovation specialist for SOSA, the firm tapped by the city Economic Development Corporation to launch its Global Cyber Center.