How to Stay Safe While Using Free Public Wifi Networks

Last Updated: September 11, 2016

Whenever we see free things we mainly get excited without thinking of what can later be the problems it may caused. Whenever we see a free public wifi, we never mind connecting to them and browse at public networks simple because we want to surf freely.
But have you ever considered, “Is The Free Public Wifi you are connecting to Safe ?“. You might never have considered it. But since the free public wifi network also asks for username/password, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are safe enough . There are many well-trained hackers mind who create fake wifi network at public places just to steal your private information. So be cautious when you connect to free public wifi next time.

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But how will you stay safe on public wifi ?
Free public wifi is everywhere, whether you go to schools, offices, institutions, shopping malls, hotels, park and some other places. And everyone connects to free wifi signals. But sometimes, “free” costs more than you think. Because the truth is that Wifi-signals are just like radio waves, anyone within range can “listen to” what you are doing online.
Does this mean you should avoid using free public wifi ? Never and am not saying so!


1. Pay Attention to Changes in Your Information

Be an active wifi user and must pay attention to changes in your information. Make sure what data and information is being shared publically. Checkout if any applications or websites are asking for additional info. Also keep checking on any changes in your credit card or debit card scores etc. while using them on free public wifi places.

2. Use VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Usually hackers are very smart as they cheat you without letting you know. But have you ever thought of cheating them yourself ? Yes, you can outsmart the hackers by creating a virtual private network. A virtual private network is like a private wifi that secures all your private information by encrypting them before sharing at public places.

3. Encrypt Your Data
A good idea to stay safe is to not share sensitive information but even smarter idea is to make them encrypted before sharing.

information with a good analysis of data and researched information. Take a look at the below wonderful infographic from Private Wifi which shows more info about what have been discussing above.
How to Stay Safe While Using Free Public Wifi Networks
Out of the tips you are offered everywhere, I think creating a VPN is smartest one. If you use it safely, you would be always safe while connecting to public wifi signals.

Are you using free wifi networks? How do you stay safe while surfing with it? Use the below comment section

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Ogunrinola Adam Hiidee is an Enthusiast Tech. Blogger and Civil Engineering Student. I do discover new stuff and think on informing others about it through Blogging. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and I would love to have you connected.


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