What you should know about ‘Public WiFi’

You should know that open, unsecured public WiFi networks can be dangerous. Criminals can set up routers to provide WiFi service in public places that are labeled as “Free”. Once you connect, they can intercept, capture, and divert all your communications.

What this means is that criminals can access everything from your logins and company email file attachments to the credit card information.

It’s important to safeguard against such attacks by using some of the following steps:

Don’t use public WiFi networks.

Pay attention to warnings that you’re connecting to a network that hasn’t been secured.

Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) wherever possible, and always use the company’s VPN to connect remotely to company resources.

If you’re on a public WiFi network, limit your browsing to sites that use encryption (sites with names starting with HTTPS instead of HTTP).

Avoid logging into websites where there’s a chance that cybercriminals could capture your identity, passwords or personal information — sites such as social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit), online banking services, or websites that store your credit card information.

If relaying sensitive information, consider using your mobile device’s data network instead of WiFi.

Make sure your device has the most current updates and patches.

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