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How to keep your data secure when using public Wi-Fi

1 in 4 Wi-Fi hotspots are unsecured — this could include the networks you use at coffee shops, airports or any other public Wi-Fi you connect to.

Using these unsecured Wi-Fi networks means it may be possible for someone else on the network to see the data you're sending or receiving.

3 potential risks of using unsecured networks:

  1. Man-in-the-middle attacks: An attacker may be able to intercept and read your sensitive information, such as login credentials or credit card information, while you're connected to the network.

  2. Malware and viruses: Public Wi-Fi networks can spread malware and viruses which could infect your device and steal sensitive information.

  3. Phishing: Attackers may spoof legitimate networks with fakes to trick you into connecting.

How can you protect yourself from these risks?

  • Connect to a virtual private network (VPN) when using public Wi-Fi networks to encrypt your internet connection and protect your data from potential bad actors.

  • Be cautious about the type of information you access or share while connected to public Wi-Fi networks. It's best to avoid sensitive information such as using online banking sites or entering credit card details to prevent potential breaches.

  • Update your device's operating system and security software regularly to stay protected from known vulnerabilities.

The risks of public Wi-Fi in under a minute:

Educate your end-users about the risks of public Wi-Fi, encourage them to use a VPN and to be cautious when entering data using public networks to increase their security.


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