How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

In an article written by Daniel Berg he gives tips on how to protect your personal information from people trying to access it over Wi-Fi. Your laptop, tablet computer or smartphone’s basic firewall and protection software might not be good enough to prevent your information from being stolen.

Firstly, turn off sharing on your computer. If you share information among the devices in your house then your sharing setting may still be on when you go into public. Secondly, getting a VPN (Virtual Private Network) can help. A VPN moves all your internet traffic through a secure network even if you are using public Wi-Fi. You may have to pay to get a quality VPN but if you are constantly using public Wi-Fi for important work it may be worth it.

Avoid automatically connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, you might accidentally connect to a Wi-Fi that it designed to steal your information. Use 2 factor authentication when logging into an account of yours. This means that your have to use your password and a second piece of information, usually a code sent to your phone, to log in. This adds an extra layer of protection when accessing personal information. Make sure you know the name of the network your trying to connect to. if your in a cafe or store and you need to use Wi-Fi make sure that it is the official Wi-Fi of the store and not a fake network made just for information stealing.

Finally, protecting your passwords, turning on your firewall and running anti- virus software should help protect your device from information predators.

 

http://mashable.com/2013/02/06/stay-safe-public-wi-fi/

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