Is public Wi-Fi a friend or foe? Tips for secure connections on the go

Public WiFi

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are popping up everywhere in Kenya, from cafes and airports to hotels and even matatus. While this offers convenient internet access, it’s crucial to be aware of the security risks.

Why Public Wi-Fi Can Be Risky
Public Wi-Fi networks are often open and unencrypted, meaning your data travels freely through open networks. This makes it vulnerable to hackers who can intercept and steal sensitive information such as login credentials, financial information, PIN’s and personal data.

Click https://kenic.or.ke/risks-of-using-public-wifis/ to read more on the dangers and risks of using public Wi-Fi.

Tips for Secure Public Wi-Fi Connections
There are steps you can take to minimize the dangers of unauthorised access and connect more securely:

Keep it casual:
Public Wi-Fi is for general browsing, checking social media (without logging in), or using non-critical apps. Refrain from sensitive activities like online banking, shopping with credit cards, or accessing personal accounts on public Wi-Fi.

Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN):
A VPN encrypts your internet traffic, making it unreadable to anyone snooping on the network. There are both free and paid VPN services available.

Stick to HTTPS websites:
Look for the padlock symbol and “HTTPS” in the address bar when visiting websites. This indicates a secure connection that encrypts your data.

Disable file sharing:
Turn off file sharing on your device to prevent unauthorized access to your files.

Use a strong password and two-factor authentication:
Always use a complex password for your online accounts and enable two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.

Be cautious of public charging stations:
Avoid using public USB ports for charging, as they can be used to install malware on your device. Stick to your own charger, or a trusted power bank.


Remember:
 For any activity involving sensitive information, avoid using public Wi-Fi. It’s advisable to wait until you have access to a secure private network.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the convenience of public Wi-Fi while keeping your online activities and data safe from prying eyes. Stay vigilant and prioritize security for a smooth and secure online experience!

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