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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 include:

  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 wifi 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 wifi 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 wifi 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.

Share this short video explaining the risks of public WiFi:

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


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