“Internet can never be a safe place” – this is what every cybersecurity expert has told us, but it can be a safer place with proper precautions from the users.
You should know these basic protective measures in case you use a public Wi-Fi to make sure you don’t fall victim of some petty hacker –
VPN is your guardian
- Whenever you use an unsafe network such as WiFi hotspot always use a VPN.
- This will encrypt the data you’ll be sending and will prevent any hacker from reading our data even if they manage to position themselves in the middle of your connection.
Use SSL connection
- Always look for the SSL certification on the side of address bar in the internet browser in case you’re entering some credentials.
- You can also enable the “Always Use HTTPS” option on websites that you visit frequently, or that require you to enter some kind of credentials.
Turn Off Sharing
- This part is simple, just turn off sharing from your system preference. Why? Because the feature turned on without any need is nothing but a security threat.
Keep Wi-Fi off when you don’t need it
- There’s still some communication going on between your device’s hardware and a Wi-Fi network even though they are not connected.
- To prevent any hacker to utilize this communication, you should always turn off your Wi-Fi when not in use and save some juice as well.