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Practicing safety online while traveling or using public Wi-Fi can be a challenge. Staying connected today is a must for most mobile users, whether for business or for personal use.
The following list details the top 10 ways to stay safe online while traveling or using public Wi-Fi.
1. Avoid Public Wi-Fi
Don’t connect to a free public Wi-Fi unless you absolutely have to. When necessary, utilize a VPN software to connect to a public Wi-Fi network so that a private tunnel is created, encrypting and protecting your data on the public network.
“If you are unable to use a VPN, and banking or online shopping is necessary, disconnect from Wi-Fi and use a mobile phone and its applications on the mobile network.”
— Shannon Culp, CBCP, CINSA, CHS-III, Solutions Architect for Nuspire Networks
2. Check the integrity of the Wi-Fi
Make sure you check with the location you plan to use free Wi-Fi to be sure you are connecting to the intended Wi-Fi network and not to a fake site set up by an attacker.
3. Disable features
Turn off file sharing and Airdrop options when using a public Wi-Fi. Also, turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you are not using them.
4. Use a secure browser
Utilize a browser that secures online activities and keeps them private.
Secure Android Applications
Krypton, CM Browser, Javelin Incognito Browser, Ghost Browser, Dolphin Zero
Secure iPhone Applications
Tor, Kaspersky Safe Browser, Ghostery
Secure Laptop Browser Applications
Epic Privacy Browser, Comodo Dragon, Brave, Tor
5. Utilize extensions to protect privacy
Install privacy protecting browser extensions (i.e. HTTPS Everywhere browser add-on) and use HTTPS when available.
According to a survey, 71% had accessed their email using public Wi-Fi and 13% had shopped online using a credit card. More than one in ten had banked online using public Wi-Fi.
6. Employ anti-malware & antivirus
Ensure you have anti-malware and antivirus installed on your mobile devices. Be sure it is kept up to date and to scan your device frequently.
7. Disable geolocation
Disable geolocation on your phone or mobile device when you are not in a safe environment, like home or work.
Almost 95% of millennials have shared information while on public Wi-Fi, the largest percentage of any generation.
8. Implement two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication requires a security code you receive on your phone to log in. This way, a malicious hacker can’t login unless they have access to your phone number or SMS, even if they know your mail account and password.
9. Stay aware of your surroundings
Never work with sensitive data in public where someone can see over your shoulder and steal that data.
91% of Wi-Fi users do not believe public Wi-Fi is secure. 89% use it anyway.
10. Use your own Wi-Fi
Invest in a Wi-Fi mobile hot spot available for purchase via a wireless carrier.
48% of Wi-Fi users connect to public Wi-Fi at least three times per week, and 31% connect to public Wi-Fi every day.