Cybersecurity: Public Wi-Fi

Steer clear of public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is convenient, but that convenience comes with security risks. Criminals can intercept any information that you send while using public Wi-Fi, such as passwords or online financial information. Don’t assume that anything you send over free Wi-Fi networks is private or secure, even if using your own device.

Here are some things to consider to keep your mobile devices and private information safe on public Wi-Fi:

  • Avoid logging into any accounts with private or sensitive information while on a public Wi-Fi network.
  • Consider using a secure and encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  • Be aware of who is around you and who may be looking over your shoulder to see what you’re doing.
  • Remember that using a secure Wi-Fi connection doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take other online security precautions.

Protect your mobile devices

  • Lock your phone. Ensure that your phone can be unlocked only by a unique and complex passcode or by a fingerprint ID.
  • Only download applications from official app stores. Download your apps from Google Play or Apple App stores and avoid using third party platforms that could carry apps that automatically install malware on your phone.
  • Keep your software updated. Software companies routinely improve the security of their software, so always be sure you are using the latest software.