08 Oct Public Wi Fi Security Risks
Yes, free Wi-Fi! When you’re traveling or working away from the office and find a location that offers free Wi-Fi you probably don’t think twice about security. Whether you’re at the airport, library or local cafe, before you connect to a public network there are some precautions you need to be aware of.
- The security risks – Public Wi-Fi networks often lack security leaving users vulnerable to various threats. This includes snooping cybercriminals who can intercept and steal your personal data, login credentials or personal files like photos and videos.
- Avoid sensitive data – When using an unsecured public network, it is best to not to log onto your banking or do any tasks that require you to log into a personal account which holds sensitive information. If you must do tasks like banking or making online purchases, use your mobile data network instead of the public Wi-Fi.
- All devices are at risk – No matter what type of device you are using, connecting to a public Wi-Fi network puts any device, whether it’s your laptop, smartphone or tablet are at risk of being hacked or having your sensitive data stolen.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) – A VPN helps protect your online activity by encrypting all of your internet communication. Before using a VPN make sure it is from a trusted, reputable provider. Ask your IT team for their recommendations.
- Turn Wi-Fi off when not in use – This will prevent your device from automatically seeking out and connecting to hotspots when you are out and about.
For more information on the risks of using public Wi-Fi networks, watch the video below or get in touch with the BG Technology team here