A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Safe on Public WiFi [Infographic]

By Steven Scheck

The number of public WiFi hotspots is on the rise. The upsides of them are many but so are the downsides.

You need to remember that public hotspots can’t protect you in the same way your private home network do. Along with that, there are several more downsides; a few. Let’s take a peek.

The Downsides of Public WiFi

  • Poor security
  • Poor range
  • No reliability
  • Low speed

What would you do in similar situations? Should you not access the hotspot?

Of course, you would.

You would just have to use a few precautionary measures to stay on the safer side. The following tried and tested tips can definitely come in handy for you.

  1. The first and the foremost thing to do is to practice good internet hygiene

This is perhaps the biggest advice that one can give you especially when a public WiFi hotspot is considered of all. Always practice good internet hygiene when you are on a public network.

Avoid handling sensitive information such as bank account details on the public network. It might be okay to check on a blog or watch a video or even post something new on social media, but it’s a very bad idea to do online banking on the public network. So tread carefully.

  1. Try not to share data on the public network

File sharing isn’t advisable especially when you are connected to a public WiFi network. It’s a practice that can make your files badly exposed to the outside world without you even being aware of the same.

File sharing on the public network heavily improves the chances of your files to get intercepted on the way. In most times, you won’t even get the vibes that your files may not have reached your desirable destination.

Hence, turn file sharing off unless it’s an emergency for you to do so. Better be safe than sorry.

  1. Check whether it’s the right network or not

Do you have any idea of the “evil twins” concept? It’s a popular concept that has worked well in many thriller movies. Here’s how it usually works:

Harry and Henry are two boys who are identical to one another. Henry’s an overall good lad and is usually courteous to people, and even animals in general. Harry, on the other hand, is more on the naughtier side and involves himself in a whole lot of trouble.

Due to identity mix-up, Henry sometimes gets a fair share of the blame as well (even though the mischief’s mainly done from Harry’s end).

The same “evil twins” concept is more or less applicable in the case of a public network. You might very easily be tricked into believing that you are connecting to the right hotspot when it always was a rogue hotspot from the start itself.

So always check whether you are connecting to the right network or not. A simple practice like that can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

  1. Use a VPN

A virtual private network helps to extend a private network across a public network.

In layman’s terms, it can be said that a VPN helps Go to the full article.

Source:: Business 2 Community

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