More and more places are offering free Wi-Fi but you need to know how to use it safely and responsibly.
The tips of using public Wi-Fi:
- Utilize secured Wi-Fi networks that require you to accept terms and enter a password
- Don’t use pubic Wi-Fi to access financial information – such as banking, credit cards, or making purchases
- Make sure you’re going to sites that use HTTPS rather than HTTP
- Log out of any websites once finished
- Manually connect to Wi-Fi rather than letting your device automatically connect to avoid connecting to a hacker’s Wi-Fi hotspot
- Ask business owners for the actual name of their Wi-Fi network to ensure you’re using the correct one
- Disable file sharing on your device
- Only use public, unsecured Wi-Fi for information you’d feel comfortable with others having such as the weather forecast, reading the news, etc.
- Monitor Bluetooth connections on your device as these allow your device to communicate with others. Hackers look for open Bluetooth signals in order to gain access to your device.
Consider getting a VPN or personal hotspot to keep your information more secure. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a service that connects you to the internet via a server run by a VPN provider and all data being used is securely encrypted. A personal Wi-Fi hotspot is your own personal connection to internet anywhere you have wireless signal encrypted with a password.