Tips for Using Free Public Wi-Fi Safely

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Choose trusted networks: Stick to well-known networks, such as those provided by reputable
establishments like cafes, libraries, or airports. Avoid connecting to networks with generic or suspicious

Verify network authenticity: Confirm the network's legitimacy with an employee or staff member if
possible. Some malicious actors create fake Wi-Fi hotspots with similar names to lure unsuspecting

Enable firewall protection: Make sure your device's firewall is activated. Firewalls act as a barrier
between your device and potential threats from the Internet.

Turn off sharing: Disable file sharing, printer sharing, and other sharing options on your device while
connected to public Wi-Fi. This reduces the risk of unauthorized access to your files.

Update software and apps: Keep your device's operating system, antivirus software, and apps up to
date. Updates often include security patches that help protect your device from vulnerabilities.

Avoid sensitive transactions: Refrain from accessing sensitive information, such as online banking or
entering credit card details, while using public Wi-Fi. If you must perform such tasks, consider using your
cellular data connection or a VPN for added security.

Log out after use: Always log out of accounts and apps when you're finished using them. This prevents
unauthorized access to your accounts, even if someone gains access to your device.
By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the convenience of free public Wi-Fi while minimizing the
risks to your personal information and online security.

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