22 Aug 2019
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Protect yourself as you connect to public-Wi-Fi networks.

Today, it’s common for restaurants, coffee shops, and other retailers to offer their customer access to free Wi-Fi. While public Wi-Fi is convenient, connecting to these networks does pose some risks. Employ these safety precautions to protect yourself as you use public Wi-Fi.

  • Switch Off Automatic Wi-Fi Connections

Rather than allowing your laptop, tablet, and smartphone connect to any open network, set your devices so they only connect to the networks that you personally approve. This way, you will only connect to trusted networks and do not have to worry about automatically connecting to a dangerous one.

  • Verify the Network Before You Connect

Savvy hackers attempt to fool their victims by setting up fake Wi-Fi hotspots with names similar to the real ones. To ensure that you do not fall for this trick, examine a network and verify its legitimacy before connecting to it. If you are not sure what the network’s official name is, check with an employee at the location.

  • Use Secure Connections

Another way to stay safe while on public Wi-Fi networks is by browsing sites that have an “https” URL. Https sites are encrypted while the normal http ones are not. In other words, https sites offer an extra layer of security that protects your data and keeps you hidden from hackers and online criminals.

Try out these suggestions to stay safe on public Wi-Fi. Want another way to stay safe? Then make sure you have the right insurance coverages in place. For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact the experts at Weaver & Associates in Arcadia, California today.