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Wi-Fi Safety: What you need to know


You might think that a Wi-Fi connection doesn’t pose any real threat to you, but as we are finding out, just about anything in the digital realm can be turned into a potential threat. If you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop the likelihood is that at some point you will be hooked in to a Wi-Fi. There’s no real way to avoid this, and you shouldn’t have to. But of course you can do a lot to stay a bit more safer than usual.

Short of finding an Ethernet capable, you are going to have to be just a little bit more careful with what you do online. Public internet access can only become a nightmare if you go in pretending it can’t harm you and your privacy along with steal your data.

The big steps

Start by making sure that your firewall and antivirus are the stuff of legend. If you don’t have antivirus protection then it doesn’t matter if you use public Wi-Fi or not eventually you’re going to land yourself into some kind of trouble or the other.

Regardless of how you feel about firewalls, make sure you never turn them off. Some people end up turning them off for a variety of reasons, none of them are more important than keeping your device safe. The firewall helps in keeping out all attempts to link up with your device when you’re on public Wi-Fi.

If you aren’t signed up for frequent updates on just about every single web related thing you do, then sign up now. However, make sure that your updating activities are not done on any public connections under any circumstances. While you’re at it also make sure your file sharing is never turned on when you’re using a public Wi-Fi.

It goes without saying that you should steer clear of accessing sensitive information while you’re using this type of a connection. If it is rigged with something like the WireShark then you might end up losing a whole lot of your personal data.

Passwords should always be super important. This can help in case someone managed to get their hands on the encrypted version of your password then cracking it would be a nightmare for them. To make sure that this doesn’t change just make sure you regularly update your passwords and that they’re always very effective pieces of code to begin with.

Shut down your Wi-Fi when you aren’t in need of internet. Make sure your devices do not automatically connect to any open Wi-Fi networks that they find. Your computer or phone or tablet won’t know the difference between a good or bad connection, it’ll just find you one that has a strong enough signal.

Remember that there are never any free lunches. Even if you have paid for lunch and the Wi-Fi service is free treat it with a little bit of caution. If you do all of this then you should be relatively safer while using free/public internet.