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I would treat any public network with great suspicion and assume it may have been compromised – so make sure you have a good firewall enabled and set high security levels on your browser.

I would also be very careful to ensure that you do not enable ‘connect automatically’ on wireless connections, as it makes you vulnerable to devices that mimic legit hotspots and steal data.

This article is a little dense, but explains the prblem clearly:

You will note that they recommend the use of a VPN and I use StreamVia with whom I am happy, but there are many alternative options as a quick Google search will reveal.