TechTuesdays – Public Wi-Fi Safety
You are probably reading this post on your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi. With the soaring costs of mobile data, most people rely on Wi-Fi for social media updates and streaming music. Some even keep their phones on Wi-Fi wherever they go to keep data costs down. The problem is this; you never know what open Wi-Fi networks you are connected to and who else is on those networks. Even known networks cannot be trusted.
In a survey referenced by security software developer Kaspersky “70% of tablet owners and 53% of smartphone/mobile phone owners stated that they use public Wi-Fi hotspots”. Due to the nature of Public Wi-Fi networks, any data sent can be intercepted such as personal information, financial transactions or web site logins and passwords. Those without effective anti-virus and anti-malware software are extremely vulnerable. (view our previous TechTuesday video on Malware)
This week on TechTuesdays, we will share a video that explains how public Wi-Fi works.
After reviewing, please return and review the list of wireless safety tips listed below: (adopted from Kaspersky’s list)
Wi-Fi Safety Tips
- – Be vigilant at all times….Wi-Fi by design is insecure
- – Treat all Wi-Fi links with suspicion. Someone may be spoofing a legitimate establishment’s Wi-Fi name
- – Verify all public Wi-Fi networks with the establishment’s employees to ensure legitimacy
- – Avoid websites where personal information can be compromised such as social media, online banking or shopping
- – Consider using your cell phone’s hotspot feature to connect your tablet or laptop
- – Protect all devices with up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware software
- – Use VPN connections when you can to provide a buffer between you and cybercriminals
- – Turn off your device’s Wi-Fi connection when no longer in use. Enable as needed.