The Mistakes You Are Likely Making With Public Wi-Fi
“What’s your Wi-Fi password?” – possibly the most common first question asked in any public place. Whether we are updating our social media accounts or checking our bank account, most of us demand constant connection to the Internet. And we will do whatever we can to maintain this connection.
While public internet access gives us this luxury, we don’t think twice about accessing it. It’s natural to live by a ‘that will never happen to me’ mantra. It keeps us from living in constant fear of the world around us. However, it is important to be aware of the amount of personal information you have on your phone, tablet, or laptop. It is also important to pay close attention to the word ‘public’ when accessing public Wi-Fi.
Let’s explore the mistakes you are likely making with public Wi-Fi.
Accessing and Transferring Personal Data
Most of us on are constantly on the go. It’s simply the world we live in. This reality often requires us to check our bank account funds, make online payments, send an email containing personal information, and so on.
We know perfectly well that none of us can completely avoid conducting these types of online activities. We simply recommend only doing so when absolutely necessary or when you find access to a private connection.
Why would someone was their time on my information? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to them to access company’s information?
While it probably would, government agencies and businesses go through proper safeguard measures and typically have employees dedicated to protecting their information. On the other hand, most individuals take little action when it comes to properly securing their information. One public Wi-Fi connection gives access to many vulnerable individuals.
Accepting Without Reading
No one actually takes the time to read the terms and conditions, right? Not enough time in a lifetime. Click accept and move on.
This disregard for the terms and conditions can be a costly mistake. While not all Wi-Fi connections require it, some do require an acceptance of its terms. And while the majority of terms and conditions don’t contain any sketchy conditions, some do.
Some public Wi-Fi connections get users to agree to allow them to access their browsing history or sell the information to third-party agencies.
Again, these circumstances are rare but present. Find a secure connection or stick to your LTE network.
Not Obtaining A VPN
You are probably wondering what a VPN is. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network and blocks access, from outside parties, to your online activities. It allows you to conduct activities anonymously and securely.
While securing a VPN does require payment, it is a wise investment for those who rely on public Wi-Fi to do effectively do their job when on the go.
While public Wi-Fi is an amazing technology and required by some, it is also a vulnerable technology. Take the necessary precautions when accessing these networks and do anything you can to protect your personal information.