Unsecure Wi-Fi networks can put you at risk for identity fraud; take precautions at these locations.
Whether you’re traveling or running errands, it’s tempting to log on to public Wi-Fi to pass the time or get some work done. While a business might do its best to establish firewalls on its Wi-Fi network, these networks tend to be much more susceptible to cyber security threats, putting you at risk for several types of identity theft. Here are the top locations where Wi-Fi could cause more harm than good.
Hotels: It’s hard to imagine staying at a hotel without Wi-Fi capabilities. Free Internet has become an expected part of the guest experience, but these networks may be putting you at risk. Make sure to avoid checking sensitive documents and change your passwords regularly to avoid financial fraud or other types of identity theft.
Coffee Shops: It is easy to assume that your banking app is for your eyes only, but the reality is that a host of cybercriminals might be reviewing your purchases along with you. Public networks can leave your information exposed to identity thieves, allowing them to use programs that guess passwords, spy on browser activity, and gain access to personal information.
Restaurants: While enjoying a fantastic meal, you might be tempted to buy a few movie tickets for after dinner. However, it’s best not to make any financial transactions or use credit cards on public Wi-Fi because that could leave your information open to financial fraud.
The Park: The only thing that beats springtime in the park, is springtime in the park with free Wi-Fi. You wouldn’t share your personal files with the stranger sitting next to you on a park bench – treat your online information in the same way. Protect your ID by choosing not to involuntarily share data on an unsecure network.
Airports: During long layovers, it’s common for travelers to get the urge to tap into public Wi-Fi in order to pass the time, but you should always make sure safety is a priority. Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine. Understanding the risks of public Wi-Fi will help you more effectively protect your ID.
The Office: Nowadays, it’s easy to work away from the desk. But before you open confidential documents on your phone or send an email to a colleague, be sure to access your work’s network by using a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN).  Using an unsecure network could put both your personal information and your company’s information at risk of a data breach.
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