I was browsing on YouTube earlier today when I came across this very informative video. If you frequently use free public Wi-Fi hotspots, I suggest that you check out this video as well:
Indeed, public Wi-Fi hotspots can be a boon or bane. It gives you easy and free access to the internet in places such as airport terminals, hotel lobbies and coffee shops but it puts you in a high risk for identity theft if you don’t give much attention to your data security.
I would like to share with you some tips on minimizing your risks when using public Wi-Fi hotspots:
Do not automatically connect to Wi-Fi Hotspots
Do not set your device to join a wireless connection automatically. If you want, you can even turn off your Wi-Fi when you are not using it to avoid having your device connect to an unsafe network on its own.
Use VPN software
Install and use a virtual private connection network. VPN software will encrypt your data and information, making sure that those sensitive data are safe from prowling eyes.
Common sense and awareness
Be aware that hackers can intercept any information you transmit through public Wi-Fi hotspots. As much as possible, do not use these connections to do online banking or any transaction which you will not ordinarily do when you know that someone is watching every stroke you’re making on your device.
Enable SSL connection
Secure websites usually use SSL or Secure Sockets Layer. It is an encryption technology makes readable data turn into gibberish. When you enable SSL connections, the website will allow you access through HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). Some websites like those of online banks and Gmail have this turned on by default while other sites like Facebook require you turn this technology on manually.
According to many security experts, you should not use Wi-Fi for your confidential information. Any activity that you are not willing to share to the public should be done at home.
Are there other best practices for using Wi-Fi that you can add to the list? Care to share them in the comments section below?