4 Surefire Ways To Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi

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One of the things that Entrepreneurs struggle with is being too comfortable at home, and not being able to get any work done.  That’s when you pack your laptop and head to a coffee shop hoping to crush your to-do list over a cup of coffee on public Wi-Fi.

As long as you have free Wi-Fi you can get all your work done including checking your financial statements or paying your bills online.  While you’re paying your bills online, a complete stranger grabs his popcorn and enjoys a front row seat to you making their hacker lives super easy.  You are giving them access to all your data. Yes you are! “SAY WHAAAT?

Public Wi-Fi in coffee shops and hotels are not as safe as you think they are.Click To Tweet Even if they require a password, you are sharing your data with other people which means your information is at risk. That’s why today I am sharing with you 3 surefire ways to stay safe on public Wi-Fi.
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  1. Turn Off Sharing

    You may want to share files at home with your family, with your printer or even allow remote login, you don’t want to do that on public Wi-Fi. So turn off sharing when using public wi-fi.

  2. Use Https To Visit Websites

    On regular http you are exchanging a lot of information that can be accessed by someone with the right skills. Use https when visiting websites. This way the data that you exchange is encrypted.

  3. Turn Off Wi-Fi When Not Using It

    If you’re work in a coffee shop doesn’t require you to be on Wi-Fi, simply turn it off. When you’re connected, people notice that your device is there and the snoopers will start snooping.

  4. Consider Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    Instead of wondering if a website is safe or not, you can choose to pay for a virtual private network. These services allow you to take your activities on a private network even when you are using public wi-fi.  Do you use public Wi-fi? Which one of these safety options appeals for next time?

Comments(14)

  • March 3, 2016, 3:16 am  Reply

    I was just thinking about working more at the coffee shop or library. . .might re-think that. Thanks for the great tips.

    • Webly
      March 6, 2016, 1:53 am

      Simple measures makes it easy to work on public wi-fi. You’re welcome Brenda.

  • March 3, 2016, 3:24 am  Reply

    Thanks for these reminders. We tend to forget, or at least I do. 😉

    • Webly
      March 6, 2016, 2:08 am

      You’re welcome Mel. Happy to help if you have any additional questions.

  • Christy
    March 3, 2016, 3:31 am  Reply

    Any thoughts on Bluetooth? I have heard that is an easy way to be hacked as well…..but after a friend got hacked I feel like you can’t be too careful.

    • Webly
      March 6, 2016, 2:06 am

      I’ve not made any research about Bluetooth mostly because I don’t use it that much personally.

  • March 3, 2016, 5:45 am  Reply

    Good tips! I don’t work in public spaces. Good to connect in the Kim Garst group and I’ve enjoyed some of your Periscopes as well!

    • Webly
      March 6, 2016, 2:02 am

      Happy you enjoy the blog and scope. If you decide to work on public wi-fi, now you know how to protect your data.

  • March 3, 2016, 1:32 pm  Reply

    I would never work in a public place. Good topic & cautionary information.

    • Webly
      March 6, 2016, 1:54 am

      I do sometimes when home get too comfy Roz.

  • Webly
    March 3, 2016, 8:25 pm  Reply

    Great it brought value to you Roy.

  • March 7, 2016, 4:40 pm  Reply

    Excellent advice. I never access sensitive information on public wi-fi networks, especially checking my bank balance. That just gives me the willies!

  • April 18, 2016, 9:52 pm  Reply

    Hi Webly,

    These are some easy tips! I have heard about VPN but I have never used it actually. Better safe than sorry! I will definitely do some more research about it. Thank you for the great post!

    Zaria

  • July 19, 2017, 6:18 pm  Reply

    I am definitely that freelancer who gets unproductive at home and heads out to a coffee shop or the library at least twice a week. These are great tips to keep in mind! I need to remember to use https more often, and should maybe look into VPN as well. Thanks Webly!

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