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How to protect yourself online when using Wi-Fi

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4 ways to stay safe when using wireless internet

Some kinds of Wi-Fi networks can be used by criminals to steal information you input online.

Many people find themselves relying on Wi-Fi connections when they’re away from their designated workspace or even just in general as a matter of course.

Most malls, libraries, airports, parks, and cafes have Wi-Fi networks available, usually belonging to a business operating there. Those “Free Wi-Fi inside” stickers set your heart alight, right?

The danger is that unsecured Wi-Fi networks like these are treasure troves for cybercriminals on the prowl for confidential information they can steal from those who connect. “Free public networks” might even be specifically set up by a cybercriminal looking to lure in unsuspecting users so they can access their sensitive data.

Thankfully, Adobe, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Speechless Inc. have created this video to teach you how to protect yourself when using Wi-Fi. Watch and learn.  

Best practices for protecting yourself online when using Wi-Fi include:

  • When using your own Wi-Fi connection, ensure that it’s secure.
  • Be wary of all public Wi-Fi networks.
  • If you must use a public Wi-Fi network and need to type in your confidential details, work through a virtual private network (VPN).
  • As much as possible, avoid inputting sensitive data when you’re connected to a public Wi-Fi network.

These steps will help protect your private information from falling into the hands of cybercriminals who can misuse it to great destructive effect. Get ahead of your cybersecurity vulnerabilities today by signing up for either of our legal packages. We’ll be happy to help you stay safe.

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