Wifi is an amazing invention. It’s even better when it’s free! But when you’re surfing the internet in a public place, there are some safety concerns you should keep in mind. Public networks come along with their fair share of hazards.

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Here are seven crucial things you should keep in mind when connecting to public wifi:

1. Don’t Type In Your Banking Information

If you’re going to do your shopping online, just make sure it’s in the comfort of your own home, under the safety of your own private internet connection. Typing in your credit card number or bank account information while using public wifi puts you at risk of theft.

2. Make Sure Your Computer Forgets The Network

When you connect to a new network, your computer will ask you whether or not you wish to save the network. Always click “no.” If you click “yes,” your device will automatically remember and connect to the internet connection you’ve used before, without you even realizing it. Always remember to turn your wifi off when you’re not using it.

3. Pay Attention To The Network Name

Hackers often use networks that have a similar name to networks in the area. If you are using a public connection, always double check the wifi name to make sure it’s exactly what it should be.

4. Install A Trusted Antivirus Software

One of the most effective ways to protect your personal information from thieves is to install trusted and effective antivirus software on your computer. Whenever you do need to use a public wifi connection, your antivirus software will work hard to keep your information safe.

5. Don’t Store Your Passwords On Your Device

People often store their passwords in their devices to help them remember, but this careless action can leave you wide open to theft. If your password is right there in your notes, it makes it even easier for a criminal to steal your information.

6. Check The Website’s URL

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Fake networks can redirect you to well-known websites without you even realizing what’s going on. If you notice any unusual characters in a familiar website’s URL, the website is most likely not authentic. Make sure to use a secure browser and reliable websites.

7. Use A Safe Connection

If you aren’t sure how to check if your’re using a safe internet connection, remember this tip: a safe connection URL starts with https:// instead of http://. Some websites, including Google, always use a secure connection to transfer your data.

8. Choose a network with two step Authentication

It is always important to have a text message sent for you to enter the password for the hotspot, this way you could easily negate the threat of wifi hacks.

9. Keep Your Password Encrypted

Easily the most basic advise regarding the security of wifi hotspots, don’t write it down anywhere maintain a separate storage say a password manager for storing your password.

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Source : cnet.comlifehacker.comdavidwolfe.com