The first piece of advice is to avoid public Wi-Fi completely.
A public Wi-Fi network is inherently less secure than your home or office Wi-Fi because it is publicly available.
If you do need to use public Wi-Fi then pick one which needs a password and do not carry out any financial activity or buy anything or access your email or do anything else needing passwords.
If you want to be secure when using public Wi-Fi you will need a VPN (Virtual Private Network) installed on your devices. These encrypt all communications between your devices and their target websites etc.
They also let you browse websites without anyone being able to track your location and activities.
Alternatively you can take your own Wi-Fi with you by using your mobile phone to create a Wi-Fi hotspot for your devices.
Points to Remember
- Leave Wi-Fi turned off until you need it.
When you’re finished working online, turn it off again.
- Turn Off File Sharing
If you have file sharing of any kind enabled then turn it off while on public Wi-Fi as it could be copying your confidential information to the Internet unencrypted.
- Keep Your Antivirus and Antimalware Up to Date
You must have anti-virus and ant-malware installed and make sure to keep them up to date or their effectiveness will diminish.
- Use https Websites where Possible
Https access is safer than http access so stick to those websites that have https versions where possible.
- Don’t Leave Your Devices Unattended in Public
You don’t want some accessing your laptop, smart phone or other device. Even if they don’t steal it, they may access your information or install a malicious APP
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