Stop. Think. Connect.
You can find Wi-Fi almost anywhere you are these days. Unfortunately, that also means identity thieves have more opportunities to steal your information whenever you have an Internet-enabled device in public. Follow these tips to keep your personal and financial information safe, no matter where you are:
- Keep an updated machine. Having the latest security software, operating system, Web browser and apps can help protect you from the malware and other threats you may encounter when using Wi-Fi.
- Do not assume that the Wi-Fi connection is secure. Many hotspots do not encrypt the information you send on the Wi-Fi network.
- Do not log in to accounts especially financial accounts, when using public wireless networks.
- Do not log on to sites that do not seem legitimate. Clues for this could include the URL being misspelled or not matching the name that you were given by the place of business.
- Be wary of free Wi-Fi connections. It is not uncommon for cybercriminals to set up a WiFi network called “Free Wi-Fi” in airports, hotels and other public places. A cellular 3G/4G connection is generally safer than a Wi-Fi connection.
- Considering turning off features on your computer or mobile devices that allow you to automatically connect to Wi-Fi.