Public Wi-Fi is pretty awesome, it allows you to surf the internet whether you are shopping, travelling or simply sipping your coffee at a favourite coffee shop.
As soon as you step into a mall or any public place which offers free Wi-Fi, you log on to the network, get online and unknowingly give out personal information, making yourself vulnerable to hacking.
Here are tips you must consider while using public Wi-Fi:
1. Do not log in to email/ bank accounts
You may use public Wi-Fi to browse the web or read online, but never log in to your email and bank account on the network. As Huffington Post states, the information in the email can be used to reset any service that you may be using, allowing hackers to get all your details.
2. Never shop online while using public Wi-Fi
Shopping online requires sharing bank account details, logins and other information. Using them for shopping on public Wi-Fi puts you at risk.
3. Do not keep your Wi-Fi always on
Turning off Wi-Fi on your smartphone or laptop is one of the easiest ways of staying cyber safe. Get into the habit of turning off Wi-Fi when not in use. This also helps save the battery of your device.
4. Do not save passwords
Never save passwords on website or browsers when using public Wi-Fi which makes you an easy prey to hackers. Avoid doing things on a public network that need login details.
5. Use a secure network
Try to connect to secure public network as much as possible that offer better security than unsecured networks.