Quite an alarming bit of news: there are a lot of unsecured, unencrypted Wi-Fi networks across the world that are just waiting to get hacked. Perhaps even begging for it. This is according to research conducted recently by Kaspersky Labs.

According to their findings, well over 25% of Wi-Fi networks in a number of countries worldwide are vulnerable to attacks, either due to the lack of secure passwords or the use of insecure security and encryption protocols.

A map of the research shows that many of the most vulnerable countries are also some of the most popular tourist destinations. So a lot of the would-be victims are innocent tourists who simply want to get through their trips. WEP is apparently still prevalent despite being weak.

On the bright side, the Philippines is among the most secure countries, with less than 23% of total Wi-Fi hotspots using WEP, and more than 83% relying on secure WPA/WPA2 protection. It seems most Filipino internet users know how to keep themselves safe.

For even more protection, Kaspersky offers tips as well as its own Secure Connection tool through Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security. Personally, we’re getting by just fine with Common Sense. But you know what they say, you can never be too safe.