Everyone wants a cheap and fast internet and most us of has this thing in us that we all upgrade our applications and software’s with only public and office network, maybe because it never cost us money but what harm can anyone think of than the risk of using a public network if you’re not informed. ( why do attackers like public wi-fi ) ?.
Free Wi-Fi networks at public places is becoming growing trend as the day comes and as a consumer of free Wi-Fi I know all too well that it’s an extra bonus when an organization, restaurant, hotel, coffee shop or airport offers it up just only to attract more population and customers. But of course, yeah they may not mean any harm to their customers but yet there are risks to consider when you’re on a public wi-fi.
Let say you’re on break period, when you join a free mobile hotspot while you’re enjoying that delicious burger you’ve been dreaming of all morning;
There are Chances are it’s an unsecured Wi-Fi network. What does that mean? You may probably ask well, you can tell if a network is unsecure if using it requires no login credentials, such as no password, no SSID or any sort of authentication at all was prompted when you log in.
There are two types of unsecure networks you should know about. The first one is an ad-hoc network and the second is a traditional access point network. An ad-hoc network is made up of devices that connect to each other- your phone and laptop for example ad-hoc networks don’t connect to a router like a traditional network. When you connect to an ad-hoc network you’re actually connecting to the device that created the hotspot. This is where the light bulb should go off. You should be thinking wait a minute…I’m connecting to a person’s device that means they can access everything I’m doing right now on my device, yeah that right and then you don’t need to run away or logout or stop going to that coffee shop just stay calm.
In order to keep your personal information safe while using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, it’s important to follow these few simple guidelines below am going to work you through.
Avoid doing things like online banking or shopping, where your account numbers, credit cards or log-in information could be at stake!
Make sure you turn on your antivirus software and firewall.
Don’t use third party applications, they may be spying and leaking your information away.
Don’t use finger print applications.
Don’t forget to sign out after each session.
If you’re at a small business (restaurant, coffee shop, etc.), check with the staff to confirm their Wi-Fi network name –there are often many networks to choose from and you can never be too sure.
When browsing information in sensitive sights, do your best to visit websites that start with “Https”.
Don’t share files – you don’t want them to be intercepted while being sent.
Use a VPN if possible (also known as a virtual private network).
Make sure to enable two-factor authentication for your accounts, which means you’ll have a code sent to you via email or text if you’re logging in from an unrecognized IP address (you can do this for you and social network accounts).