Using Wi-Fi: Connect with Care

Wi-Fi in airports, hotels, train stations, coffee shops, and other public places can be convenient, but they are often not secure and could leave you at risk.

Take precautions to make sure your personal information is kept safe.  First and foremost, connect with care.  If you are online through an unsecured network, you should be aware that malicious individuals may have established a Wi-Fi network with the intent to eavesdrop on your connection.  This could allow them to steal sensitive and personal information (like your financial account number).  It is also possible that they could infect your system with malware.  Any free Wi-Fi should be considered “unsecure,” so be cautious about the information you release.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  • Keep an updated machine.  Having the latest security software, operating system, web browser, and apps can help protect you from the malware and other threats you may encounter when using Wi-Fi.
  • Do not assume the Wi-Fi connection is secure.  May hotspots do not encrypt the information you send on the Wi-Fi network.
  • Do not log into accounts, especially financial accounts, when using a public wireless network.
  • Do no log onto sites that do not seem legitimate.  It is not uncommon for cybercriminals to set up a Wi-Fi network called “free Wi-Fi” in airports, hotels and other public places.
  • A cellular 3G/4G connection is generally safer than a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Consider turning off features on your computer or mobile devices that allows you to automatically connect to Wi-Fi.

Source – SHAZAM