In today's world, the Internet has embraced our lives in such a way that none of what we do is outside its orbit. Purchasing groceries, paying bills, reading mail, watching movies, transferring money, and of course searching for information on a wide range of topics – we do everything online instead of IRL. Forget these obligations, we even find partners in our lives on the Internet.
It is no wonder, therefore, that we feel the need to be connected on the go, and to do that, we are not even ashamed to use the public Wi-Fi. In fact, most of us like to make the most of it if they have such a choice. But the use of a public Wi-Fi connection comes with its own set of risks. If you are a person who likes doing their jobs while sitting in a café and using Wi-Fi, we have news for you. Do not play it safely digitally. But do not worry, to make your Internet experience safer, we've compiled a list of tips you need to follow before going to a public Wi-Fi network. Read to learn more.
1. Always use VPN
VPN is a virtual private network and is used to ensure that your data and Internet usage are preserved. If you do not use a virtual private network (VPN), it is very easy for anyone to monitor your internet activity using your IP address. While browsing the Internet with VPN, websites will see the virtual IP on the display instead of the actual IP.
Therefore, if you use public Wi-Fi on your phone or tablet, download a VPN app from the app market. There are many free and paid VPN applications available in both the Apple IOS and Android app stores.
Always use secure link
It's not commonly known, but not every website you visit on a daily basis is secure. This puts you at risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime and fraud. To avoid this, always make sure that the site you entered uses a secure connection.
Safely linking is very easy to identify. Make sure the URL of the website you entered starts with HTTPS: // rather than HTTP: // . Some websites, like Google, always use a secure connection, but for others you can install an HTTP extension in your browser.
3. Do not select the option "Connect Automatically"
Most of the time when we enter the username and password to connect to a new Wi-Fi network, or "Auto-select". This is a great opportunity, as it saves us from the trouble of introducing these details over and over again.
But you only need to use this feature when you use secure Wi-Fi networks like yours in your home.
When using public Wi-Fi networks, always choose to forget the network after you exit the system.
4. Turn off Bluetooth
You would now think that Bluetooth has a Wi-Fi connection but there is a connection between the two. Bluetooth enables communication. So when you're connected to a public Wi-Fi or even when you're in the public domain, Bluetooth allows communication to take place. Open communication poses a risk to cybersecurity
It is therefore wise to refrain from using it or to include it when you are in the public domain.
5. Disable Sharing
This feature is present on a large number of devices. It allows easy access to files and data transfer between devices. This is a pretty handy feature when you use it at home, but if you use public Wi-Fi, we suggest you do not use it.
If you are using a Windows computer, every time you sign in to a new connection, you will be asked if the connection is public or private. Select the public option, this will automatically disable the sharing feature.
6. Turn off Wi-Fi on your device when you are not in use
If you are in the public domain and use data provided by your mobile operator. Or, if you simply are not interested in using Wi-Fi, we advise you to turn off Wi-Fi on your device.
This will not only increase the battery life of your device, but it also prevents you from connecting to any Wi-Fi network, thus reducing the risk of fraud or other cybercrime.
7. Turn off your apps
Most mobile and desktop applications perform some or other types of background activities. If you use free Wi-Fi, these applications can use a hotspot, for example, instant messaging applications use GPS to track your location.
Therefore, to avoid this unintentional data transfer, you must quit all applications you do not use when using a free Wi-Fi connection.
These tips will ensure that your digital experience remains unchanged from fraud when using a free Wi-Fi connection. If you have any other tips to share to ensure a secure digital experience, please share it with us in the comments section. STYLECRAZE .