Nowadays, Wi-Fi hotspots are virtually everywhere. They are present in hotels, cafes, libraries, and even trains and buses.
However, not all Wi-Fi connections are safe and secure. Travelers can get some safety tips regarding Wi-Fi connections, free or paid, as follows:
- Set up mobile device security. Most mobile devices, especially if they’re android, are vulnerable to malicious software. Therefore, it is important to keep the device secure by installing a mobile security and antivirus application. Moreover, if one is not using the internet, it is best to switch off the wireless connection.
- Use unique passwords. To avoid being a hacker’s victim, make sure to come up with a password that is difficult to hack. A password is difficult to hack when it is a long and strong one. Most computer genius advice users to make use of an alphanumeric password with some special characters. Moreover, the letters used must contain a mixed of upper and lower case letters.
- Assure that the network is real and encrypted. It is important to confirm from the cafe or hotel staff whether or not the connection that appears belong to them. There are instances when hackers mimic hotel or cafe names to be able to hack accounts. Moreover, while one is online, stay on encrypted channels by using the website prefix https, instead of http.
- Be careful of pop-up windows. Avoid clicking and accepting software updates that pop-up when using Wi-Fi hotspots. These may be malwares that attempt to infect one’s Internet connection.
- Better use a 3G or 4G connection. If one has mobile data plan, it is better to make use of data plans. This is because data plans are safer and more secure than Wi-Fi hotspots. This is especially imperative when shopping, banking, and accessing websites that require personal information.
- Turn off auto-connect features. When traveling, turn off features that allow one to automatically connect to a wireless hotspot when detected.
- Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. Bluetooth enabled devices, such as wireless keyboards and headsets are great entertainment accessories that can be used while traveling. However, keeping the Bluetooth on for a number of hours may put one’s personal information at risk. Thus, when the Bluetooth device is not in use, it is better to turn it off.
- Keep devices within sight. Never ever leave one’s belongings unattended not even for a moment. Make sure no one sneaks into one’s shoulder when logging into operating systems, emails, and other accounts. Your device may not be stolen, but if someone gets access to your accounts, it’s still a form of thievery.
- Limit surfing when using public Wi-Fi. When using a public hotspot, an individual must not surf or log-in to a website that he or she wouldn’t want a stranger to know he or she is viewing.
Taking the following tips and information about Wi-Fi connections will ensure that traveler’s personal information and important details are kept safe and secured even if unsecured Wi-Fi connections are used.