Tips to Stay Safe and Secure While Using Hotspots
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when you use a free public Wi-Fi you have to be careful because public Wi-Fi hotspots can also provide an easy way for identity thieves , cybercriminals , hackers can track what you’re doing online , and steal your logins or personal information if you’re not careful and if you do some shopping or banking in a public wifi , you could end up with a hacked bank account or credit card account.
so,why are we use it ?
People are using WiFi hotspots because the technology is often accessible at little or no cost
this hub will educate people and businesses on what they need to consider before connecting to a WiFi and expline what can you do to protect users from the inherent threats of wifi
WiFi is convenient, accessible, and operates in millions of homes, corporate offices, university campuses and public hotspots worldwide. WiFi networks use radio waves, similar to cell phones and televisions, to connect to a wireless access point called a router, which directly connects to the Internet via a cable or DSL modem.
Users recently connecting to WiFi at an airport, coffee shop, library, park, or hotel have all used an open WiFi network. Locations with open and public wireless access are called wireless hotspots. Any user , even hackers ,within 300 feet of the access point can then
access the network.
How so ? Wi-Fi uses radio waves. The openness of these signals at public hotspots, combined with the right eavesdropping software, can allow others to take information without your knowledge – much like someone overhearing a private conversation in a crowded restaurant.
However, most WiFi hotspot users are not aware of the inherent threats: public WiFi networks are almost always unencrypted, which means that anyone with cheap, easily available software can listen in and access everything being sent over the network.
Antivirus and firewalls... do not protect the users from hackers on a shared network.
While antivirus and firewalls are essential tools for online safety, unfortunately they do not protect the users from hackers on a shared network, whether in
a public hotspot (parks, cafes) or open WiFi network (hotels, airports). Antivirus software locates and deletes computer viruses, computer worms, Trojan
horses, spyware, and adware from your computer.
Firewalls are software programs that control the flow of traffic to and from the connected computer and either permit or deny communications. Both are necessary to thwart other cyber attacks, but will not safeguard data transmitted on an open wireless connection.
Watch what sites you visit. Hold off on visiting any sites that require you to log in with a username and password, like your bank or other financial institutions, social networking sites or webmail. Why offer unscrupulous types information that could haunt you later? Play it safe. Save visiting such sites until you’re on a secure, private network.
Public Wifi Network
How to Protect Yourself in a Public Wifi ?
As you have your laptop open in a coffee shop for example Use a VPN (virtual private network). VPNs create a network-within-a-network solution to keep everything you do on public Wi-Fi private. Even on a password-protected network , people can still intercept the signal.
VPNs can help make you invisible
Here are some basic tips to surf more safely
- Beware of the information you share in public locations. Even seemingly innocuous logins to Web-mail accounts could give hackers access to get into your more important data
- Utilize a VPN whenever possible to encrypt your data, and stronger tools if you need to conduct secure transactions
for the user of windows When connecting to a public hotspot for the first time, Windows asks for a location type. Make sure you set it to "public." This will automatically modify sharing settings for maximum safety.
Even if you're on public Wi-Fi, most sensitive sites use SSL encryption to scramble the information that passes between your gadget and the Web server. You'll see HTTPS and a padlock icon in your browser's address bar instead of HTTP.
when you surf online make sure that is secure HTTPS browsing are also configured to take advantage of. The browser add-on HTTPS Everywhere does it for you automatically and it available for firefox and chrome and opera
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