One of the most important things that have happened to online network users is the availability of free WiFi hotspots. This may be at some strategic locations like a coffee shop, library, restaurant or even a barbing salon. Public wifi spots allow users to do a quick online surfing while sitting over a cup of coffee, lunch, waiting for a date or even in queue waiting to be served.
Because it is not paid for, it gives you the freedom of going as many hours as you can get on the web without the slight fear of you data limit going over. Aside from the above set of persons, the possibility of running out of data for internet connection when one is on transition is there. On such occasions, making use of the nearest available public WiFi becomes the best alternative.
Of course you will get little or no blame at all when you take advantage of such opportunities.
In as much as this article is not out to condemn the act of using public wifispots, however, as much as one makes use of any available public wifi, there is need to be extra careful in doing so. The truth is that you are always at risk of having your privacy bridged and personal information including financial status, e-mail content, social network conversations and other confidential information leaked.
In case you aren’t aware, when you go online making use of a public network, it is easier for the service providers to monitor what you do. Hackers can as well steal your information.
In light of the above mentioned risk and more, here are a few tips to help you prevent hackers from wifi spots to tamper with your privacy:
1. As much as possible, restrain from making online banking or shopping transactions at that point. Protect your account number and credit cards from hackers.
2. Your antivirus software should be on as it helps check unwanted phone interference.
3. As you go through information on the net during this period, endeavor to visit mostly sites that begin with “Https”.
4. Public wifi spots are not suitable for sharing files or documents as hackers can see traffic and can intercept them while you send.
5. Always have your various social media accounts set with authentication code so that a notification is sent to you either through mail or phone number when an unidentified IP address try to log into the account.
In addition to the above listed personal precaution, Secure VPN (virtual private network) is a way to avoid that. You can use it on multiple devices at the same time, e.g. your mobile device and laptop. Not only will you encrypt all your communication over a public network, no one can find out what website or username/password you’re using on the network.
Be Safe on the Internet!