When you go to public areas, free public Wi-Fi can be incredibly useful. However, most of us are unaware that connecting your computer to these free unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots will put your data at risk of being intercepted. Since it is a public network, many people use it. You are not the only one linked to it. When using public Wi-Fi, it is very easy for anyone to intercept your data. Even if the public Wi-Fi is a secure hotspot, once linked, the intruder can intercept your data.
Anyone linked to the network has open access to Wi-Fi settings on many of the networks. Since anyone can obtain admin access in these types of networks, this can lead to “man-in-the-middle” attacks. In a public network, pulling off incoming and outgoing data is very simple, because everyone on the network can see the information you send. This details may include credit card numbers, passwords, bank account numbers, and so on.
How can you stay safe on Public Wi-Fi?
- If you’re going to use a public library or restaurant’s network, ask the staff for the network name before connecting your device.
- Make use of a virtual private network (VPN) (VPN). Intruders would have a hard time stealing your data if you use a VPN.
- Test to see if the website is HTTPS (In simple words check for the lock sign).
- When you’ve finished using a public network, remember to press “Forget the Network.”
- When using a public network, avoid using programs that need confidential information such as email/passwords, bank account numbers, and so on.
- Switch off your device’s sharing services and install a firewall.
This article has been referenced from Tech Sathi