Public WiFi hotspots can be really useful if you need to access the internet when you are away from home or work. But not all WiFi connections are secure and they can be used by criminals to steal your data.
This technique is used by criminals to capture the data you send over a WiFi network. They can steal login names, passwords and other information and then sell it on or use it to access your system. It is especially dangerous if you have the login details stored (or “cached”) on your device as they are sent across the network without you typing them in.
Evil Access Points
Sometimes criminals set up authentic-sounding WiFi access points to trick you into connecting to them. The network name could be a familiar company name or simply “FreeWiFI”. You actually connect to the criminal’s computer and all the information you type in goes straight to them.
How To Stay Safe on Public WiFi
There are some simple ways to stay safe on public WiFi networks:
Use a VPN
Digitalquill can provide you with a secure VPN for business travel. It encrypts data sent to and from your device so even if you connect to a malicious computer, your data will not be able to be read.
Can it wait?
If your activity is not essential, don’t do it over public WiFI. Tempting as it may be to check your bank balance on the move with your banking app, you risk losing your login details – and money – by doing so.
Use Mobile Data
If you are unsure, don’t connect to a public WiFI hotspot – use your phone’s 3G or 4G connection instead. Data passed over such a network is encrypted.
Digitalquill – WiFi Experts in Hull
For advice on internet security for small businesses and Hull IT support call Digitalquill on 01482 424402 or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk to find out more. If you want to set up a WiFi hotspot for your Hull business, call us – we can help with that too!