An increasing number of airports as well as other places such as restaurants, hotels and coffee shops now offer free public Wifi. Users of free WiFi services should follow some basic precautions to safeguard their personal data and devices from hacker attempts and misuse.
To begin with, users should disable automatic connections with Wifi networks as well as sharing of files on their devices. Also. it is always recommended to use HTTPS connections, if available, on public Wifi hotspots. Popular websites such as Google, Gmail and Facebook can be accessed by prefixing HTTPS before the URL instead of the default HTTP for starting an encrypted connection.
Users should also use complex passwords and two-factor authentication (through an authentication code sent to cellphones and other mobile devices) if possible. Connecting to the Internet through Virtual Private Networks is also a safer option as these encrypt the exchanged data.
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9 tips for staying safe on public Wi-Fi