By Zuko Komisa
There is an obsession to be connected wherever we go especially, if the internet is free. Whether you are at a coffee shop, traveling or at the library, these days there are Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere. But not all of them are as safe as you think. Even if the hotspot has a password; the reality is, you’re sharing a network with many other people you don’t know. It’s remarkably easy to steal someone’s username and password, and to see what they’re doing just by being on the same network.
How do you protect yourself?
To stay safe, you need to know which settings and apps can keep your info protected:
Turn Off Sharing
Everything that allows you to share files, printers, or even allows remote login from other computers on your network must be turned off when you’re on a public network.
Turn Wi-Fi Off When You Aren’t Using It
This is to ensure that no one is messing with your device. The longer you stay connected, the more time criminals have to start snooping around.
Only Use Secure Network When Sharing Sensitive Information
Your information has no place in an unsecured open Wi-Fi network, especially with the security risk involved. If you still need to use a public network to check your bank balance, make sure you visit a secure website. Not sure if the website you’re on is secure? Look out for the following icons: