7 tips for using free WiFi hotspots

WiFi is more and more important in our daily life. There are more and more free WiFi Zones open in the public. Even though there are still internet ports on laptops and desktops, many people ignore them and turn to use the WiFi connection.

It is convenient to use WiFi as it doesn’t need a wire. But its stability and safety is weak. It is not surprised to read that the hackers attacked the WiFi devices to steal users’ personal information. One needs to be careful and caution to use free WiFi.

There are 7 tips to prevent yourself from being attacked via WiFi:

1. Be cautions with free WiFi hotspots

Free WiFi hotspots seem to be provided anywhere. You can connect to free WiFi no matter you sit in KFC or a normal restaurant on the roadside. It has tendency to expand the WiFi zones. It is reported that its distributions will be enlarged by 4 times.

However, most of the free WiFi accounts have high risk. With the help of a Sniffer, the hackers can steal the personal information from the WiFi connected users, such as their email addresses, account passwords and game currencies.

The best way to prevent yourself being attacked from the hackers is to use VPN as it could encrypt your typing.

2. Confirm WiFi accounts

Kaspersky claimed that more than 100 banks are attacked by hackers, and they lost at least $900 million due to the network attack. You need to be careful with your online banking account when you use free WiFi. Please confirm the WiFi account with the clerks before you connect the Free WiFi.

3. only open WiFi connection when is necessary

When your WiFi connection is open, it is likely to connect to some risky hotspot. Please make sure you close the WiFi feature before you leave the free WiFi zone, or it will automatically connect to the WiFi next time you come back.

4. Open the firewall

Firewall is not only to keep the internet smooth, but also to prevent your devices from hackers attack. Unless your anti-virus program has firewall function, then you should not shut down the firewall built-in function on your computer.

5. Be cautions with unencrypted websites

All the data transfers will be spy on hackers on the unencrypted websites. One 45% of the top 100 websites are encrypted. The browsers can recognize the encrypted websites. They mark with the lock icons in front of the location bar. Even though you browse the encrypted websites, hackers still have access to steal your information when you use the public network.

6. Update security software regularly

It was reported that many branded routers exist vulnerabilities. The hackers can steal private information such as social network accounts, photos by hacking others routers. If you update your security software, it will provide you a safer environment to surf internet.

7. Reset security permissions

It is common to reset a complicated password avoid decoding by others. You can also reset security permissions. The routers only accept specific devices. The other devices will be unable to connect the internet unless it is authorized.


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