Being able to connect to free Wi-Fi is awesome. However, public networks may contain numerous hazards unknown to us. So to keep us safe from unwanted hacks including losing our money from our bank accounts, here are the critical things we should remember in connecting to a free public Wi-Fi.
1.Don’t use Internet banking or type in your bank card information
Use mobile data when purchasing stuff or in doing online banking.
2.Turn off Wi-Fi if you don’t use the Internet
Save your battery while being spared from automatic connection to a fraudulent network and unwanted trackers by doing such. Add an extension called DoNotTrackMe to your browser for it to not let the device track your movements.
3.Connect using VPN
VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to stay unknown online: websites will see the virtual network IP, not yours.
Though VPNs are mostly paid and slow down your connection, they’re not too expensive and got freebies as well.
4.Don’t let your device remember the network.
Since most devices will automatically remember and connect to the hotspot they used at least once before, frauds could make their own access point with the same name and could get access to your profile data or even, when not careful, to your finances.
5.Pay attention to the name of the network
Hackers often use networks with names closely similar to the ones already in the vicinity. The only difference is that an authentic hotspot would require payment or authorization/password, while fake ones are free to use. So make sure you ask the network name from someone from the establishment before connecting to any network.
6.Install a good antivirus software.
Antivirus software warns you of possible fake hotspot connections so make sure your antivirus are always updated.
7.Choose networks with two-stage authentication
A network that doesn’t require any additional actions to connect could possibly be a fake one. To keep you safe from criminals who duplicate what’s already available, choose a hotspot that requires you to enter a code sent as a text message to your phone.
8.Keep your passwords encrypted
Don’t write your passwords on your media devices unless it’s a password manager that keeps them encrypted.
9.Check the website’s URL
Make sure you don’t see weird characters on the website address to keep you from being led to hazardous websites.
10.Use a safe connection
Use safe connections where the URL starts with https:// instead of the usual http://. Some websites, like Google, always use a secure connection to transfer data.
O better yet, install HTTPS Everywhere extension that is compatible with all popular browsers.
Based On Materials From Bright Side