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Stay Safe in Public Wi-Fi

In today’s digital world, you have access to public Wi-Fi in numerous locations, such as airport, shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes which is offered for free to attract customers. Is public Wi-Fi is really secure? it depends on how secure the Wi-Fi network. So, how do you stay safe in Public Wi-Fi? 

First let’s understand the risk. Non existence of security measures while setting up Wi-Fi network is the key factor and the vulnerabilities allows hackers to eavesdrop the network traffic. Also many of the public Wi-Fi is unsecured as it does not require credentials to use the Internet. A secured public Wi-Fi is one that requires login credentials to connect to the Wi-Fi network.

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Malicious hotspots: A hacker can create 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.

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There may be hackers in unsecured Wi-Fi networks and by using the vulnerabilities in an unsecured Wi-Fi network and your digital devices, such as laptop and smartphone, your information, such as personal and financial, will be exposed to hackers and your devices may easily get infected with malware, such as virus and computer 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 Sockets Layer (SSL) 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.

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