Since the inventions of Smart Phones and Wi-Fi, we are now more connected than ever before. Weâ€™ve come to expect access to free Wi-Fi where ever we go and for many people, it will be the decision maker in whether weâ€™ll have our coffee there or stay at that hotel. But most of us donâ€™t consider the risks when using free Wi-Fi.
22,000 people got caught agreeing to over 1000 hours of community service, in a recent social experiment, by agreeing to the â€˜community service clauseâ€™ in the Wi-Fi providers Terms and Conditions. Now as unfortunate as cleaning public bathrooms is it could be a lot worse. If youâ€™re not set up correctly you end up in a world of trouble from accidentally downloading Malware through to identity theft.
- Read the terms and conditions and connect to a password-protected Wi-Fi connection
Always read the fine-print when accepting an agreement to use a public-free Wi-Fi connection. Choose a Wi-Fi hotspot which can offer a password-protected connection. Free Wi-Fi connection with no password protection is normally too good to be true.
- Disabled public network/file sharing when connected to an unsecured network
Public Wi-Fi connection possesses a high-security risk and malicious hackers may access your personal and sensitive information. Whether using a Windows or a Mac, ensure that the network sharing feature is disabled to prevent unauthorised access to your files.
- Be aware of what websites you visit
Avoid accessing any websites that require you to type in a username and password, such as online banking, personal emails or your social media. Save visiting such sites until youâ€™re on a secure and private network.
- Consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like Wi-Fi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data.
- Enable Two-factor authentication (2FA)
Enabling two-factor authentication is good practice on a service such as Outlook, social media sites or your personal online banking site. Two-factor authentication is simply double-checking that you are who you say you are. It is simply two locks on your door. The first lock is your password. The second lock is a code sent to your phone. If a hacker gets their hand on one key, the second lock will help you keep your door secure.
- Turn on your Firewall and Anti-Virus Scanner and make sure they are up to date
Make sure that your firewall and anti-virus applications are enabled and they are up to date. A firewall is designed to prevent unauthorised access and a virus scanner is designed to search, identify and remove various types of online threats such as malware.
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