Who would not want access to free Public WiFi? The demand for public WiFi is ever growing and is equally being reciprocated by the governments across the world. However, before you login to one of the public WiFi network you should know that it also offers various opportunities to the hackers. The Public WiFi may provide faster and more convenient internet access to the user but it also provides quite a few good number of convenient attack routes to the hackers.
If your device is unsecured, a hacker can easily access it and steal data or infect it with a malware. Not only this, but cyber criminals are known to create fake WiFi hotspots to lure the gullible and innocent people and then steal their credentials. Once the attacker breaches into your device, your all information including emails, bank data, personal files are at his/her mercy.
One should always remember few basic Do’s and Don’ts before logging into a Public WiFi. In this article we provide you with basic things you should always remember before accessing a free WiFi.
- You should first verify the authenticity of the WiFi network before you log into it. Don’t fall for the trap if the network gives you an access code or asks for an email address. Hackers often use such tricks to give the impression that you are logging into a secure network.
- Use commercial hotspots provided like companies like T-Mobile or BT-Openzone instead of some random free WiFi network.
- If you are connecting a number of computers for your official work, create a Virtual Private Network with a strong key.
- Use 3G/4G data instead of free unknown hotspot.
- If you are using Public WiFi, should avoid pages wherein you need to login with your sensitive credentials.
- Do not enter your credentials on any page which pops out of nowhere on your device while using Public WiFi.
- Don’t install any app on your device.
- Don’t install any updates on your device
- Don’t enter your credit card details on any website which asks it even for the purpose of verification.
Follow these simple steps so as to protect your identity and sensitive data. Always remember to not fall for anything which seems to be too good to be true while using public Wi-Fi. Hackers mostly target gullible users. Be Smart, Be Safe!