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How To Stay Safe On Free Public WiFi.

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Public Wi-Fi hotspots – they’re convenient, readily available all over now and basically open to all.    They’re everywhere – airports, hotels and in every Starbucks across the nation.  And everyone uses them to read work emails, watch videos and update social media.

How identity thieves use fake public Wi-Fi to steal your information.

Well, anywhere you find a crowd, you’ll find a criminal.  Criminals love public Wi-Fi spots too – so much so that they like to create their own hotspots to deceive you. One of their most common tricks is to use a generic name like “Hotel Wi-Fi”.  So, you might think you’re logging onto the hotel’s Wi-Fi, but end up signing onto a hacker’s network instead.  (You should verify the Wi-Fi network name with the hotel.  Be sure it matches the name of the hotel Wi-Fi network.)

Accidentally logging into the criminal’s network obviously makes it  easy for them to steal sensitive information like your logins and passwords.

How To Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi:

  • If you’re using a smartphone, use the cellular connection instead of Wi-Fi. That’s much harder for hackers to intercept.
  • When banking, use your institution’s official app and sign up for any extra security that your bank offers.
  • Checking social media? Use the network’s official app. This is more secure than accessing in through the website.
  • If your laptop is set to sharing at work or at home, shut off sharing.
  • Don’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks.

The basic rule of thumb is, if the site is asking for your personal log-in information, do not reveal this info and stay away from that site.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

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