In today’s digital world, you have access to Wi-Fi in numerous public locations, such as the Airport, shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes. So, how do you stay safe in Public Wi-Fi? Public Wi-Fi may be a secured one or an unsecured one. A secured public Wi-Fi is one that requires login credentials to access the Internet, which may be provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or any third-party associates. However, many of the public Wi-Fi is unsecured and does not require credentials to use the Internet.
Unsecured public Wi-Fi is a threat to Internet users. There may be several hackers in an unsecured Wi-Fi network and your information, such as personal and financial, will be exposed to hackers in an unsecured Wi-Fi network and your digital devices, such as laptop and smartphone, may easily get infected with malware, such as viruses and worms.
How to stay safe in public Wi-Fi?
- Avoid financial transactions: Do not access bank accounts or perform financial transactions, such as bill payments using payment methods, such as your credit or debit card.
- Avoid sharing confidential information: Do not share confidential and personal data.
- Do not connect automatically: In your digital device, you have an option to keep the Wi-Fi in the On and Off modes. Ensure that your Wi-Fi is in the Off mode by default. If you keep the Wi-Fi in the On mode, it will automatically connect to an unsecured Wi-Fi as and when they are available.
- Disable folder sharing: Disable the folder sharing option in your operating system.
- Use secure websites: Ensure that you access only secure websites (https) through public Wi-Fi.
- Use VPN: Ensure that you connect to your business network only through Virtual Private Network (VPN). If VPN is not configured, do not access your business network from public Wi-Fi.