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Public Wifi Security Risks; Is it safe to use?

Public Wifi Security Risks; Is it safe to use?


Public WiFi is undoubtedly what the current generation of internet users need. That means WiFi is a necessity today. But you need to understand the dangers it has, too.
Accessing WiFi isn’t a big problem when at home. It’s easy and secure to connect. Moreover, it usually’s uncongested. However, whenever you venture out, the story is different.
Free public WiFi is almost everywhere. In public libraries, airports, coffee shops, and even national grocery stores now have free WiFi hotspots.
They’ve merely made life a little easier, but did you know that public WiFi poses some serious security risks to your personal information on your smartphone and laptop?
There’s no denying that the urge to connect to a free internet down the street and surf the web while taking your cup of coffee is compelling.

The biggest threat to free Wi-Fi security is the ability for the hacker to position himself between you and the connection point. So instead of talking directly with the hotspot, you’re sending your information to the hacker, who then relays it on.
While working in this setup, the hacker has access to every piece of information you’re sending out on the Internet: important emails, credit card information and even security credentials to your business network. Once the hacker has that information, he can — at his leisure — access your systems as if he were you.
Hackers can also use an unsecured Wi-Fi connection to distribute malware. If you allow file-sharing across a network, the hacker can easily plant infected software on your computer.

A virtual private network (VPN) connection is a must when connecting to your business through an unsecured connection, like a Wi-Fi hotspot. Even if a hacker manages to position himself in the middle of your connection, the data here will be strongly encrypted. Since most hackers are after an easy target, they’ll likely discard stolen information rather than put it through a lengthy decryption process. Enable the “Always Use HTTPS” option on websites that you visit frequently, or that require you to enter some kind of credentials.

When connecting to the Internet at a public place, you’re unlikely to want to share anything. You can turn off sharing from the system preferences or Control Panel, depending on your OS, or let Windows turn it off for you by choosing the “Public” option the first time you connect to a new, unsecured network.

Other than these measures if you are facing any problems with hackers you are always welcomed to contact Coimbatore District Police,
9498181212, 7708100100.

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