Whether you’re in an airport, hotel or coffee shop (or maybe all of the above!)
you’re likely to encounter public Wi-Fi. While it seems easy and convenient,
avoid the temptation! Connecting to “free” public Wi-Fi means you are
connecting to an unencrypted network, leaving your computer open for others to
Next time you are offered free, public Wi-Fi, take the following into
Hackers can set up a fake network.
Say you’re sitting in the airport and need to shoot off a few emails. Would you
think twice about connecting to a network called “Public Wi-Fi” or one that has
the airport’s name in the network name? Unfortunately, when you connect to
these fake networks, data thieves have access to your hard drive and can now
install malware or software that logs your keystrokes. That is why it is
recommended to never access pages that contain your personal information, such
as online banking, while connected to a public Wi-Fi.
Tether to your smartphone.
Depending on your cellular plan and provider, you may have the ability to use
your smartphone to supply password-protected Internet access to other
You can learn more about tethering here.
Before you venture out, update your computer’s settings. Make sure that you have
your firewall enabled, you have disabled file and printer sharing and that
your anti-virus software is up to date.
To avoid the temptation to surf the web from public Wi-Fi consider a service
such as Boingo. For a monthly fee,
you can securely access “more than 1 million hotspots…
around the world.”