According to recent studies, people still don’t bother to think about public Wi-Fi hotspots and their security. However, jumping online when you are in coffee shop, hotel, restaurant or airport without checking several things may cost you the loss of your valuable data and also lead you to the infiltration of malware. In order to avoid these unexpected cyber attacks and similar things, we recommend you following these 5 simple steps:
Check Computer networking settings:
The most important thing is to enable your firewall. If you are using Windows, you should make sure that ‘Turn on Windows Firewall’ under ‘Public Network Settings’ is enabled. For that, open ‘Control Panel’, choose ‘Windows Firewall’, and make sure that these settings are just like they should be.
Turn off sharing:
For that, open ‘Control Panel’ and choose ‘Network and Sharing Center’. Here, click ‘Change advanced sharing settings’ and turn off network discovery. Besides, turn off File and printer sharing, Public folder sharing and other sharing. Make sure you click ‘Save changes’ to save these changes.
If you are Mac user, choose ‘Sharing Options’ -> ‘Change Advanced Sharing Settings’.
Check security browser extensions:
Download HTTPS Everywhere from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) or similar program to have a secure connection when visiting websites. It’s available for two popular browsers, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and works with Windows, Mac, and Linux OSs.
Avoid banking via public Wi-Fi Hotspot
While this is not a technical tip, we still must share it with you: avoid public Wi-Fi when you need to pay your bills, access your bank account, or simply use your credit card for purchasing sometimg. We recommend waiting for the moment when you reach your home and connect your device to a secure home wireless network.
Keep your security software up-to-date:
Make sure that your antivirus and anti-malware is updated. This will help you to make sure that your machine is properly protected when you are browsing on the Internet. We recommend relying on SpyHunter, STOPzilla and Malwarebytes Anti Malware.