Using the internet is not a significant problem, mainly when you use it from your home’s comfort; it is safer there, relatively easy to connect, and uncongested if the entire family is not accessing it through Netflix streaming.
However, you can have WiFi services almost everywhere now, and this enables you to catch up or stay in touch with your work from wherever you want. But this online service is not as safe and straightforward as it sounds and has no comparison with your home network.
Here we have lined up simple steps you can use to protect yourself on public WiFi;
You should Know Who to Trust.
It is always beneficial to stick to the networks of well-known places, such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc. These WiFi networks are likely to be less susceptible due to the companies and people operating them. They are already getting money out of you by offering their services.
Remember, no public WiFi is entirely safe and secure. It depends on who provides it, but if we talk about safety, known providers are still better and preferable than any random public WiFi network that appears on your phone in a shopping mall, supermarket. These random public WiFi are usually provided by a third party that you don’t know about.
These random offerings may be legit, but anyone can use them for free; what is the benefit left for people running this network? Just think, how are they even making money? There is a hidden cost involved that we are not aware of, which can be risky.
Don’t Give Away Too Much Information.
You have to be very cautious when signing up for public WiFi access, be extra careful when you are asked to fill in personal details such as your phone number or email. If you are stuck in a situation where you have to connect to any such networks, ensure that you are sticking to the places you trust and opt for your alternative email address that isn’t the one you use regularly.
Restaurants and stores usually do this to identify you around multiple WiFi hotspots and prepare their marketing strategy accordingly; hence it’s over you to see if the trade-off is worth it or not for free internet access.
Again ensure that you sign up for a few various public WiFi platforms as possible as it is not advisable and safe to give in your details continuously to these random platforms or another group of companies.
Stick With the HTTPS
Google Chrome does not enable you to know if the site you are accessing uses an unencrypted HTTP connection instead of an encrypted one. This is done by labeling the former site as ‘Not Secure.’
Take any such warnings seriously, especially if it’s about public WiFi. Whenever you browse on HTTP, people on the same network cannot spy on the data that goes between you and the website’s server that you are connecting to. In another case, it is straightforward for them to see what you are doing or planning to do. And yes use VPN service for extra security.
Limit AirDrop and File Sharing
When you are using a public network, you should cut off all the features that facilitate file sharing on your devices. In the case of a PC, this can be done by going to the network and sharing center, and then moving towards change advanced sharing, then sharing, and after this, unselect everything. Furthermore, proceed towards finder, click on airdrop, choose the option ‘allow me to be discovered by,’ and select ‘Noone.’
Through this, no one can capture your data or send the files that you don’t want.
Check What You’re Signing Up For
This may sound useless, but it is better to read the attached terms and conditions before connecting to any public WiFi. You may not get every word it has, but you will be able to point out any major red flags that can alert you to the data that the providers will collect from your session and what will be done with that information.
These are some simple steps that will help you in protecting yourself on public WiFi. Remember, it’s better to take precautions than to suffer.