Steps to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

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Free Public Wi-Fi networks are available everywhere in a city. If you go to any restaurant, coffee shop or any public places, you may find free Wi-Fi zone. During traveling you also can find it. It’s good that you can enjoy free internet by it. But did you ask yourself ‘Is public wi-fi safe?’ All of them are not safe at all. So you should be careful.

how to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Zone:

If you become a little bit conscious, you can stay safe on public Wi-Fi. You should know some tricks.

1. Choose Network Wisely:

In any public places, you may find more than one free wi-fi networks. Sometimes these networks name may be similar or so close to each other. You should choose the correct network wisely. Because, hacker may create a free wi-fi zone according to any public place name or brand name. When you access that network, you may become a victim.

2. Turn Off Sharing:

It’s safe to turn off sharing your public files and folders in a free public wi-fi zone. If you are using a windows tab or notebook, you can do it from your Control Panel. To do it –

  • Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced sharing settings
  • Now check Turn off network discovery and Turn off file and printer sharing.

3. Use VPN:

VPN is safe. Creating a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can protect yourself on a public Wi-Fi zone. Because traffic between your device and VPN server is always encrypted. So it’s much difficult to sniff your data. There are many free VPN provider. But you should use premium VPN. That is much secured. But you can use SecurityKISS VPN. It offers 300 MB free data/day. Else you also can use CyberGhost VPN. It offers 3 months free trail. Personally i’m using UnoVPN. You also can use it.

4. Check for HTTPS:

HTTPS represents security. You can use HTTPS Everywhere extension in your browser. It is available in chrome, firefox, firefox for androidn and opera browser. This extension only show you secured part of any website.

5. Use Browser, Not Apps:

Try to avoid using apps in free public Wi-Fi zone. Use browser. Before disconnecting from public Wi-Fi, logout from any services you logged in though that public network.

6. Enable Two Step Authentication:

It is good practice to enable two factor authentication. Alway try to enable it in your facebook, twitter, gmail or any email or social network services. Two Step Authentication represents a strong security.

7. Forget the Network:

After disconnecting from the public wi-fi, delete that network from your device memory. It will make sure that your device won’t connect automatically on that network. Before connecting to public wi-fi, unchecking Connect Automatically is a good practice.

If you follow these tricks given above, you can stay safe on free public wi-fi networks. Even you can stay secured in any networks by following these tricks.

Source: cnet