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10 Things To Remember When Connecting To 'FREE Wi-Fi'

The fact that our lives are now incomplete without the internet makes it hard to survive without it. In the world where the internet opens gates of unlimited possibilities, it comes with a dark side too. A dark side where thousands of people get hacked every day. It is not people's mistake but their carelessness.Have you ever connected to a free Wi-Fi in your life? If your answer is yes, then my next question would be, have you ever been hacked? No! Then you are lucky, but many people aren't. Free Wi-Fi does come with a happiness of free internet, but it carries the threat of your handles getting hacked.According to an article on ABC news, 95% of the free Wi-Fi data is unencrypted, hence a potential source for hackers to get into your personal life. But it doesn't mean you should never use free Wi-Fi, you can use by taking care of the following things. 

1. Don't perform online payments. 

Free Wi-Fi can harm your banking details big time, so it is always recommended to avoid online transactions on Open or Free Wi-Fi because nobody knows which hacker is in the access of the public network you are connected to. 

2. Disable Wi-Fi when not using.

Keeping a connection with the free Wi-Fi in ideal time can get your handle hacked. So it is always suggested to turn-off the Wi-Fi the second your work is done. A connection in the perfect time may allow a hacker to get access to your system insights very easily.

3. Use VPN.

VPN helps to keep your identity anonymous, so it reduces the risk of leaking your true identity to the hacker.

4. Don't save the network for future.

When we connect to a particular network, there is always an option to save the network for future use. When connecting to a free Wi-Fi or open network, bother to uncheck the 'Remember this network'. 

5. Use https://

While signing in on any website make sure the website is protected with https:// network. If the website login is not protected then it might be very risky to make a login in. 

6. See the Network name carefully.

Sometimes hacker uses a network name similar to the ones available in the vicinity. You may often get confused between the two, but a little bit of attention can help you with the right Wi-Fi network. 

7. Turn off the file sharing. 

On connecting to a Wi-Fi network, both Mac OS and Windows OS asks if you want to share the files with the other network. On connecting to a free Wi-Fi, it is suggested you disable the option or just don't allow the access. 

8. Use antivirus. 

Anti-virus might be an old thing now, but it can still save you from security threats. Almost every reputed anti-virus has internet protection to detect any malicious activity on the internet.

9. Use Firewall.

Creating a Firewall can secure the internet connection to an extent.On a Windows OS, you can activate the Firewall under Control Panel under System And Security. Click on Windows Firewall; then you can check or uncheck the Firewall. The system will ask for the Administrator password, once done the Firewall will be active. 

10. Get your own internet.

Even taken care of all the pointers, you might end up compromising your data. It is always better to avoid free Wi-Fi wherever possible, but if the situation forces you to connect to a free Wi-Fi, then you better take care for all the pointers.