Public Wi-Fi appears to be everywhere these days: and so do the evil hackers! Public Wi-Fi networks are available in airports, coffee shops, shopping malls and at fast food restaurants. Public networks don’t have to be wireless as hotel networks that are often wired, but they are public too. Same precautions apply to both. You never know who else is on the public Wi-Fi confining your traffic. Is public Wi-Fi network secure? What can you do to protect yourself from malicious hackers?
These days, use of public Wi-Fi on Smartphone is more frequent as compared to PC or Laptops. Always keep in mind your smart device or tablet is a mini-computer, and you need to protect it just like your home PC or laptop. Consider your Smartphone as your wallet, keep it secure and with you. All smart devices are provided with security features. While using public Wi-Fi, turn them on. To do this, you can contact your manufacturer or service provider for directions, or look them up on the internet online. You must install reputable security software as recommended by your device manufacturer. Always update your mobile operating system as frequent as new updates are available. You can set your device to install them automatically.
While using public Wi-Fi, never forget to turn off your phone Bluetooth or keep it in hidden mode when you are not using it. Always connect it in private when using and less busy areas only. You should use encrypted public Wi-Fi that requires a password and ensures your device does not automatically connect to a new or unknown network. Backup your mobile data regularly by synchronizing it with a computer or on a memory card. Try not to save account passwords or PINs as contacts on your cell phone. Always use strong passwords for all your online accounts and change them frequently.
Never perform online banking over public Wi-Fi or in crowded areas. You can also ensure your Smartphone safety by using certain applications on mobile devices. Many mobile apps have the ability to gather and transmit data from your Smartphone device to your personal information, location, contacts, and messages. You can control your personal information access to an app by choosing individual permissions when you install it.
Here is a list of antimalware and antivirus application you must have in your laptop or Smartphone device to keep it secure from the nasty stuff.
• 360 security- antivirus Boost
• McAfee Antivirus Plus
• AndroHelm Mobile security
• Avira Antivirus Security
• AVAST Mobile Security and many such types available online.
No doubt, public Wi-Fi hotspots provide convenience at café shops, airports, hotels and libraries but involve security risks as well. It’s easy for others to capture your data, so be careful about what information you send or receive while connected to public Wi-Fi. Try to limit your internet activity when connected to a public Wi-Fi. You can also avoid hotspots that are run by people who you do not know or trust. Hackers can set up hotspots called as ‘evil twins’ and ‘rogue hotspots’ to steal your personal information.
Hackers can hack the Wi-Fi network without using SSID passwords. SSID is the name of the wireless broadcast from the router. Hackers can connect to the Wi-Fi and then to the router through web browser. To avoid this, you must reset the router to factory default. First change the username and password and then the SSID. Then install a firmware update. If all these steps fail, reset your device immediately! Hope you enjoy this short article and have a great day!