Public Wi-Fi hotspots are brilliant for ensuring you can check your email and surf the web while on the go. However, using public wireless internet can also leave you wide open to attack. We show you the proper precautions you'll need to take to ensure you're not inviting your coffee colleagues to partake in confidential information.
Wi-Fi surfing safety summary
So, to recap:
- If your company has a VPN that you can use for web browsing, use it.
- If you can't use a company VPN, give HotSpot Shield a try.
- Don't equate subscription (paid-for) Wi-Fi internet with secure browsing.
- On unencrypted wireless networks, everyone can see where you are surfing (except on HTTPS websites).
- On encrypted wireless networks, everyone with the password can see where you are surfing (this could be a handful of people in your house, or hundreds of people in an airport).
- If you must use a Wi-Fi hotspot without any form of VPN, imagine that your laptop is connected to a stadium Jumbotron.
- Don't visit any sites you wouldn't visit with 80,000 people looking over your shoulder.