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Stay Safe in Public Wi-Fi

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.

stay safe in public Wi-Fi

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.

A hacker creates a fake wireless network that looks similar to a legitimate network found in public places, such as airports, hotels or coffee shops. Whenever someone logs on to this fake network, the fraudster who owns that fake network can easily capture confidential information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Sujith

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