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Things To Remember If You Are Using Free Public WiFi

Few tips to protect your Smartphone or Laptop to become the victim.

Hello Friends, Todays we are going to discuss “Using public WiFi is safe or not?”. As you have normally seen that whenever you go to a Shopping Mall or Complex, Hotel, Restaurant, Bus or Railway Station, etc..

you find signboards written ‘FREE Open WIFI’ or ‘Free Hotspot’ or notice about that only when you got a notification pops up on your smartphone if WiFi is turned on, and you start trying to connect with them. As soon as connected, you start using Whatsup, Facebook, checking emails, and sometimes also do online shopping and banking over that WiFi. Sometimes you do that just because you are running out of internet data and you are in a so much rush to go online that you even overlook to crosscheck it with the owner or staff, but is it safe? No, in concerned to privacy and security, you are compromising your all details to them, because it might have possible that some hacker is faking the router name. So before connecting to any network like this, you should take following precautions:

  1. Keep your smartphone always Up to Date – Keeping your smartphone up-to-date is always a good practice to do, whether it is an Android or an iPhone. These updates mostly have the bug fixes and patches for security and performance, which are sent out to fix vulnerabilities and prevent hackers to steal your

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  2. Use a mobile Anti Virus Tool – Whether it is a Laptop or a smartphone, having an updated Anti-virus software is always beneficial. Such software would provide a firewall, and malware scanning and removal features. Connecting to an unsecured network risk you to malware exposure.
  3. Slow public wifi hints at danger – If you found that your connection is slow after connecting to an open WiFi network, it would be better to disconnect because there is a chance of that slow speed is the router you are connected to is a hacker’s device posted as a Router. Using a public WiFi opens you to all cyber-criminals who are waiting for someone who connects to them so they can steal their login information, passwords and other personal data.
  4. Avoid online shopping and banking – You should avoid online shopping and banking over these networks because there is a saying ‘prevention is better than cure’.

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  5. Use two factor (or two way) authentication – You should always use two-factor authentication to ensure double check your security.
  6. Disable Wifi when you’re done – It has often been seen that many people left WiFi open on their smartphone, which is a very bad practice. You are letting your device open to the threats like attempts to drop unwanted malware on to your device.
  7. Never connect to a public WiFi without VPN – Virtual Private Network (VPN) is basically a technology used for computers but now they are also available for mobiles. They are the best option to take for any type of internet browsing, as it encrypts the data which leaves your device.
  8. Keep a complete latest backup of your phone – No matters how the much secure your device is, without its backup, it’s worthless. You shouldn’t take chances with your personal data.

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