One of the most dangerous aspects of free Wi-Fi is the ability of hackers to place themselves between you and the connection point. As a result, rather than communicating directly with the hotspot, you end up sending your information to the hacker.The hacker also has access to all of the information you send out—emails, phone numbers, credit card numbers, business data, and so on. And once a hacker has that information, you've effectively given them access to all of your sensitive data.
If you find yourself in a situation where you absolutely must connect to Wi-Fi, here are a few safety tips:
Do not touch any of your personally identifiable information
Avoid touching any personal information if you must use a public Wi-Fi network. At all costs, this includes banking information, social security numbers, and home addresses. Remember that some accounts require you to enter information such as phone numbers when you sign up, so even if you don't remember entering it, you may be inadvertently granting access to personal information.
Use virtual private networks (VPN)
A VPN allows you to connect to another network securely over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, protect your browsing activity on public Wi-Fi from prying eyes, and much more.
Use SSL connections
When browsing the internet, be sure to enable the "Always Use HTTPS" option on websites that you visit frequently, including any and all sites that require you to enter any type of credentials.
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