Public Wifi And Cybersecurity
We have all been guilty of it. We are out somewhere and innocently connect to the nearest wifi so we can have access and use of our cellphones and computers. Free wifi is the easiest to get ahold of for us to use but it is also the easiest for hackers to get ahold of as well. When it comes down to it, public wifi requires no authentication when accessing, therefore there is nothing protecting your information from getting stolen over the network.
Hackers love when someone unknowingly connects to a wifi that they can gain access to. Think about it. Whether you’re doing some work on your laptop at a local coffee shop or sitting at a restaurant using their public network, any information that you are working with, they too will also be able to see.
Mobile wifi is more and more common these days, and as that increases, so should your security measures. However this does not mean you cannot access any public wifi! You just need to be careful and take the proper measure so your information does not get stolen.
One of the best ways to avoid compromising your information is to turn off automatic connections from your devices. Most of the time if it’s not turned off, it is still transmitting data to the closest networks that are nearby. Turn off the wifi until you need it. If you just need to work in Word or maybe on an Excel spreadsheet, wifi is not necessary. Being able to control and approve before your wifi is connected, will help out your security measure greatly.
Another way to up your cybersecurity measures is use a VPN. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that allows a secure option to connect to public wifi. Let’s say that you connect to an open wifi that a hacker can get access to. What will happen is they will attempt to access your data, but it will be encrypted and they will most likely move on to an easier target.
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