These days, any place offering free Wi-fi seems like heaven. We won’t hesitate to cross miles for viewing the signboard of ‘free Wi-fi zone’. But, talking about safety issues, they might score very low in lieu to problems like public networks associated with numerous hazards, including even the risk of losing all the funds present in the bank account.
So, the following section deals with the crucial tips which are to be remembered every time using the public Wi-fi, in order to save oneself from being a victim of web fraud.
Restrain from using Internet banking or typing in the bank card information: Online purchasing or Internet banking done through mobile traffic is the best way to get protected from data theft. The cost of megabytes is nothing when compared to the safety of the account.
Shutting down of the Wi-fi when the Internet is not being used: This process helps in solving of three consecutive problems. Namely:
- Increasing the battery life
- Prevent automatic connection to any fraudulent network
- Stop receiving the annoying ad emails.
- For additional protection, an extension named DoNotTrackMe can be added to the browser, which restricts the device from tracking the user’s movements.
Connect through VPN: VPN or the Virtual Private Network allows the user to stay anonymous even while being online. Websites entering will witness the virtual network IP, not the users.But such networks, often slow down the connection. Still, it is quite cost effective and most VPN providers still have free services also.
The Devices should not be made to remember the network: Majority of the devices will automatically remember and would be able to connect easily to the hotspot they have used once. Now, the frauds can easily create their own access point having the same name and easily acquire the access to the user’s profile data and in extreme circumstances, even to the economic details.
Keep a close check on the network’s name: Hackers many times use a network with names found similar to the ones already in use. The only striking difference that remains between the two is that an authentic hotspot requires payment or authorization/password, while the one by hackers is free to use. So, before connecting to a free network, the owner’s name should be first asked.
The best antivirus software should be installed: Device should always be updated to the latest antivirus versions. There are ultra smart ways of hacking emerging every day, so the best antivirus should be updated in lieu to that. In addition, antivirus software warns the user of possible fake hotspot connections.
Two-stage authentication networks are the best: To be on the safer side, the users should go for a hotspot that requires the user to enter a code sent as a text message in the user’s phone. This will protect the users from criminals aping the names of the free networks.
Passwords should be kept encrypted: One common mistake committed by a majority of the users is that they write their passwords in their devices, considering it to be extremely safe. But, with this, criminals are easily able to get access to the data. Even after this, storing passwords in the devices becomes a necessity, a password manager should be used that encrypts information in it.
Check the Website’s URL: Fake networks many times might also redirect to well-known websites, other than the ones really collecting the personal data. If ever any weird character is noticed in A well-accustomed website’s URL, then in all probability this website is fake. For instance,Google.com and ɢoogle.com aren’t the same (essential 8)thing.
So, here the most important thing now is the usage of a reliable and secure browser as it helps in detecting such differences and warn the users.