Wi-Fi eased the Web surfing when you are not near to the wired broadband for example, if you are in a coffee shop or somewhere at a fast food shop you can still update status, tweet, watch videos and much more using the very convenient Wi-Fi provided by the owners. But using a public Wi-Fi isn’t a safe connectivity at all, you always need to take some data safety precautions before you connect. Here are some tips helpful for your data safety.
1. Turn OFF Sharing Feature
Be careful, before connecting to a public Wi-Fi turn off sharing first on your laptop. Sharing is already automated on Windows Vista, 7 and 8, so whenever you’re going to use public Wi-Fi put the location type to “”public”.
2. Don’t Connect To Public Wi-Fi Automatically
Connecting to the public wi-Fi automatically can lead you to trouble. I suggest, don’t connect your smartphone, tablet and laptop automatically to the public Wi-Fi because hackers mostly uses the names like Coffee Shop, Linksys or AT&T Wireless. Its very safe to connect to the network manually rather than ending up with a trouble.
3. Avoid Online Banking or Shopping at Public Network
If you are surfing via public Wi-Fi its always better not to do any online banking or shopping at that time because numerous sites always use SSL encryption to scramble the information. If they do, you will see HTTPS and a padlock icon in your browser’s address bar instead of HTTP. Its always secure to use the bank’s official app and secure your transactions with extra online security offered by the bank.
4. Use Security Software
Make sure, your laptop is having a anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection. Most of all, firewall protection is very essential when you are going to connect to a public Wi-Fi. Its job is to secure our system from the hackers.