Today, many restaurants and businesses offer public wi-fi to their customers. But should you use it? While this access may seem like the perfect way to save your data and still be productive while you’re on-the-go. There are some things you shouldn’t do on an unsecured connection. Unfortunately, other people may be able to see information you’re sending across this network, so follow these tips from Freedom Insurance Agency to maintain your cybersecurity. No matter what wi-fi you’re using.
Avoid Sites that Store Your Passwords
As a general rule of thumb, try not to visit websites that require passwords while you’re using public wi-fi. That includes social media, online banking, shopping, and more. Even if you have your passwords saved and you’re not entering them each time, hackers may be able to steal your login credentials. Once they have this information, they may enter it across multiple sites, looking for more information about you. This leads to stolen identities, credit card theft, and other serious complications. So, stick to basic tasks when you’re on an open network. Like checking the weather, doing research, and browsing sites you wouldn’t mind other people seeing.
Do NOT Connect Automatically
Although it seems more convenient to store public networks you’ve used before, doing so can leave you open to cybersecurity attacks. Have you heard of phony access points? Also called “evil twin” hotspots, they’re routers designed to look like legitimate networks. But instead of friendly local business owners, they’re managed by hackers who will try to gain access to your information.
If you’re going to use public wi-fi, make sure you click “Forget This Network” after you’re done. You should also verify the exact name of the network with the business owner or hotel to ensure you’re using a legitimate connection. When in doubt, just wait until you have access to trusted wi-fi.
Use Your Smartphone Instead
One of the best things about having a smartphone with unlimited data is that you can turn it into a secure hotspot whenever you like. You can even connect multiple devices to it, if you need to. To be on the safe side, though, you may want to check your data plan. Verify that you have truly unlimited data and that there are no additional charges for the hotspot function.
Even smartphones can be vulnerable to hackers, so do you research before you open your own connection. Whether you’re using public wi-fi or a secure home network, make sure you’re protecting your information online. Although we offer cybersecurity insurance for businesses and other insurance coverage for identity theft and fraud, it’s still difficult to recover that information once it’s stolen. For more details on these policies and a free quote, contact Freedom Insurance Agency today!