Public Wi-Fi seems to be everywhere but is it really safe? If you are connecting to an unencrypted public Wi-Fi network, it probably isn’t safe. The primary concern when using public Wi-Fi is the interception of your data. If you use an unencrypted public Wi-Fi network, criminals can access your data fairly easily. With a little knowledge, they can see what you send and receive. Your personal information, documents, conversations, and even login credentials can be acquired by the criminal.
How to protect yourself?
- Verify the name of the wireless network with the business that owns it before connecting. Criminals will setup a wireless network that includes the name of nearby businesses in hope of getting you to connect so that they can intercept your data.
- Check for a secure browser. Look for HTTPS and/or the padlock.
- Use firewalls and antivirus solutions.
- Keep your software up-to-date.
- Enable two-factor authentication when possible.
- Use strong passwords and use each password only once.
- Avoid doing sensitive transactions on public Wi-Fi networks. Perform sensitive transactions on trusted networks.
- When you are done on the web, make sure you log off any sites that you logged into.
- Turn off wireless when you are not using it.