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How to Use Public Wi-Fi Safely

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Stay Safe When Using Wi-Fi in Public Spaces

With airports, hotels, restaurants, theatres, coffee shops, and dentist surgeries now offering free Wi-Fi access to visitors, using your tech to stay connected while on the go is easier than ever. While it is convenient, there is one thing you need to keep in mind while using these open networks: security. Public Wi-Fi networks don’t always have high levels of protection and cybercriminals are taking particular advantage of this. To keep your data safe, look at these tips.

Know your network. A common technique hackers use is to set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots with names like the real ones in order to trick users into using their fake network. Before you connect to a public network, make sure the name is spelled right, looks legitimate, and ask an employee if you’re not sure.

Limit what you access. Public networks are great for doing things like catching up on social media, but we wouldn’t recommend using them for much more. Viewing your online accounts that are password protected or online shopping that requires you to enter a credit card number are things that should be done on a trusted home network.

Use secure connections. A quick tip to stay safe on public Wi-Fi is to only browse websites that start with “https” instead of “http”. The “s” stands for secure. In essence, that means that these websites offer an extra layer of security to keep your data invisible from snooping hackers.

Do you have any security concerns? The team at Hoffman Brown Company are always looking out for you. For tailored insurance policies, get in contact with us today.