4 Tips To Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Everywhere Wi-Fi, these days Wi-Fi is everywhere. As article’s headline is tipped to stay SAFE on public Wi-Fi networks means obviously, I going to talk about security. How to stay or keep your laptop or smartphone secure in public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi networks? Simple! Those we use in coffee shops or in hotels. If we look out and see there are many peoples who don’t aware about that most public Wi-Fi networks are not that secure as they’re not password protected. Even if they have a password and they gave you the password to connect, then it’s easy to them to steal data and passwords on the same network. Obviously, It is a dangerous & common sense thing that we shouldn’t use public Wi-Fi networks. But still there are tips you can stay safe and use their’s Wi-Fi network.

Security Tips to Stay Safe on Public WiFi Networks

Four Tips To Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Here we’re going to share Top 4 Security Tips to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks. For both smartphone & laptops. We’re going to change some settings to keep your device safe. First we will start for your Laptop / PC & then for your smartphone device setup. Let’s get started..

#1 Turn Off Sharing

Newly installed an operating system in our laptop their default setting of sharing is always on from you owned or purchased and when we’re at home, we share files, printers even allow remote login from other computers on your networks. But when we’re in public like I’ve already said like coffee shops or in hotels, you need to turn off these things off otherwise anyone can access them. So, now we have to turn off sharing option. In order to turn off sharing option just follow our below-given steps:

Steps:

Go to your Control Panel, then browse to Network & Internet > Network & Sharing Center, then click Choose Change Advanced Sharing Settings. then turn off file and printer sharing & you may as well turn off network discovery & Public folder sharing.

Disable Network Sharing

#2 Enable The Firewall

A firewall is a software which keep you safe from malware’s, worms and hackers. Nowadays most of the operating system comes with their default Firewall as a Security option. Most of the peoples confuse here between firewall & anti-virus. Here is the difference between Firewall & Antivirus. Firewall protect your system from the hacker and the Antivirus protect against malware apps & viruses. If you’re a windows user then it is very easy to enable. In order to Enable Firewall just follow our below given steps:

Steps:

To enable firewall, navigate to Control Panel > System & Security > Windows firewall > Allow Program and Feature.

Enable Firewall

#3 Use HTTPS and SSL Sites Only Whenever Possible

You can see Google, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and many other popular big companies sites comes with HTTPS & SSL security. This is a protocol security which is must have for every websites and blog. Popular blogs also have this but many of these couldn’t afford it because of its cost is high plus tax and all that s#it. Exactly what security is this, HTTPS consists of communication over HTTP i.e “Hypertext Transfer Protocol” within a connection encrypted by Secure Sockets Layer, or its predecessor, Transport Layer Security.

SSL-HTTPS

So, It’s important to keep an eye on the address bar and make sure the “s” in “https”. Facebook & Google will do it automatically but others do not so keep an eye. If there’s no “HTTPS” in a site, you shouldn’t log into that website on a public WiFi network.

#4 Turn Wi-Fi Off When You Aren’t Using It

If you want to guarantee security then do this :-P. I’m not kidding seriously after your work on the internet just Wi-Fi. When you’re not actively using Wi-Fi, it’s not a bad idea to just turn it off for the time being. Otherwise, same will happen as I said other people on the same WiFi network can steal your data easily. Steps needed kid? Right, click on WiFi icon on taskbar > then off the WiFi.

⇒ Tips For Smartphone Users

I’ve already said about Public Wi-Fi so I’m not going to repeat it. Using free or Public Wi-Fi on mobile phones is also very dangerous. So there are some things to remember while using any public network.

» Install Anti Virus App – Everyone know about this, Anti-Virus App is a must have an application, it must be installed in your device. For more security it will protect you against malware, worms, and viruses. If you’re an Android user then in Play Store there are tons of anti-virus apps, So here is our article link below on Top & Best Antivirus apps for android users. • Top 5 Best Free Antivirus For Android Mobiles and Tablets

» Enable Security Features – This is an inbuilt feature in every smartphone. So you must enable this feature while using any public Wi-Fi Network.

» Don’t Use Any Communication apps – If you get any free Wi-Fi in public, then never ever use Social or communication apps like Facebook Messenger, Hike, WhatsApp, etc. Don’t log into your social media profiles if you’re connected on public Wi-Fi Network.

» No Online Banking or Transactions – Never do any online Banking or credit card transactions as I told you that it could be dangerous. So, Say No To Online Banking or Transactions on Public or free Wi-Fi Network.

Last if you’re not actively using the internet then simply Turn Off your Wi-Fi & Bluetooth.

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Tushar Patil

Tushar Patil is Tech Blogger and Gamer, who love's to write about Android, Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Software, Gadgets, Computers, Windows, Internet & Web and Games. Tushar Patil lives in Mumbai, India. And the founder of Tech Rekon.

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  1. Abhi says:

    Thanks for your guide. I will surely follow to be safe on wifi networks

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