Keeping Your Electronic Info Safe When Out in Public
With the introduction of Wi-Fi to the technology industry things became a lot easier regarding computers. Simply being able to access the internet without being limited by wires trailing behind us was of significance. While incredibly convenient, it doesn’t come without its security flaws.
The thing about Wi-Fi, especially when we’re out in public, is that hackers can easily interfere with it. With this in mind, it’s important that we know how to tackle this and prevent becoming one of their victims. Today, we’re going to look into some of the best ways to prevent this.
Check for an SSL Certificate
When accessing a website on your device while out in public, take a second to look at the web address, especially when you are entering personal information. If the website begins with, “https”, then your good to go. If the website begins with, “http”, then direct yourself away from it. Https indicates that the website is equipped with an SSL certificate and therefore any data which is transmitted to and from the website is done so through an encrypted connection. An SSL certificate provides a significantly more secure connection than without.
Log Out of Your Accounts
If you aren’t currently using a service or website, sign out of it. If you stay logged into a website which you aren’t currently using. Then you are susceptible to being hacked through a public Wi-Fi network.
Automatic Wi-Fi Connection
A common feature for mobile device is to allow your device to connect to the most suitable connection which it can find. Disable this feature. For the sake of data safety, it is better for you to manually connect to a Wi-Fi network so that you are fully aware of your connections at all times.
If you aren’t using Wi-Fi on your device, then go ahead and disable your Wi-Fi. If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, then you are at risk. By disabling Wi-Fi, you will not be connected to any networks and will be safe.
A lot of public places, such as coffee shops, offer free Wi-Fi. When using Wi-Fi in a public location, make sure that you are connecting to a legitimate network. Hackers target locations like this where they can set up false networks which are named similarly, thus tricking people into connecting to their network where they can collect personal information.
Leave Personal Tasks Until You’re Home
If you’re out and about and are looking to get some chores out of the way, think twice. Tasks such as signing into your online banking account or a student loans account should all be left alone until you are home and connected to your own Wi-Fi network. Avoid using any websites which require you to enter any personal information or which have personal information about you stored.
As the technology industry evolves there are an increasing number of methods which allow hackers to gain access to our private information. Because of this it’s important that we do all we can to ensure that we are the only ones who have access to it.
By taking the necessary steps and securing your devices connections. You are ensuring that all of your data is as safe as possible. It’s worth keeping in mind that no matter what, when you connect to a public Wi-Fi network there is no guarantee that your data is safe. If you have your suspicions about a Wi-Fi network and are unsure as to whether or not it is safe, trust your gut and guide yourself away from it.