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Do’s And Dont’s Of Using Public Wi-Fi

From the community, coffee shop to the hotels and airports you visit when travelling, public Wi-Fi is accessible almost everywhere. Wi-Fi has simplified our lives a little, but it also compromises the security of the private data on our laptops and smartphones. If you intend to utilise public Wi-Fi, the following list of dos and don’ts will be of great use to you.

From the neighbourhood coffee shop to the hotels and airports you visit when travelling, public Wi-Fi is accessible almost everywhere. Wi-Fi has simplified our lives a little, but it also compromises the security of the private data on our laptops and smartphones. If you intend to utilise public Wi-Fi, the following list of dos and don’ts will be of great use to you.

 

Two Types of Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks can be divided into two categories: protected and unsecured.

Without a password or login, anyone within range of the network can connect to it without any security precautions. In contrast, a protected network demands that a user accept its terms of service, create an account, or enter a password before connecting. To access the password or network, it can also be necessary to pay a fee or make a store transaction.

Regardless of the connection type, you must take precautions when using public WiFi. Let’s discuss some dos and don’ts now:

Wherever possible, connect to secured public networks. If you are unable to connect to a secured network, you may use an unsecured network if the connection calls for some kind of login or registration.

Don’t use unprotected public networks to access private bank accounts or delicate personal information. Risk exists even on secured networks. If you must use public Wi-Fi to access these accounts, use your best discretion.

In a public setting, never leave your smartphone, tablet, or laptop alone. Even if you are connected to a secure Wi-Fi network, someone could still take your belongings or snoop at your device.

Use private WiFi when shopping online. Shopping may not seem to include sensitive information, but making purchases online demands personal information, maybe including login information for a bank account and a merchant. You shouldn’t conduct your shopping on an unprotected Wi-Fi network.

Disable automatic connectivity, please. You can connect easily from one hotspot to the next thanks to the automated connectivity settings found on the majority of smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Although this is a useful function, it might also connect your devices to networks that you wouldn’t normally use. When visiting new locations, especially when travelling, keep these settings off.

Do keep an eye on your Bluetooth connection. The remarkable characteristic of many smart devices is Bluetooth in the home. However, leaving Bluetooth on when in a public setting puts your cybersecurity at serious danger. A hacker can access your gadgets by looking for open Bluetooth signals. Bluetooth connectivity enables diverse devices to speak with one another. When you leave your home, place of business, or another similarly secured area, keep this feature locked down on your phone and other devices.

Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) service to preserve your anonymity and privacy when using public Wi-Fi.

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