Only Use Trusted Wi-Fi Networks

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Only Use Trusted Wi-Fi Networks When Connecting to the Internet.

Using a public Wi-Fi network not only puts your devices at risk, but also exposes your traffic to everyone else using the same network. Cyber-criminals can create fake hotspots that provide free access points from which to steal your data. Cyber-criminals can potentially access any information you provide, such as credit card numbers, confidential information, or passwords. When away from the office or your home network, you may be tempted to use a free Wi-Fi connection to get on the Internet. For example, you go to a coffee shop and want to check your email or do some online research. However, criminals can easily set up a free, innocent-looking hotspot that gives you online access while eavesdropping on all your data. Avoid untrusted public Wi-Fi spots when working with your firm’s sensitive data.

If a public Wi-Fi network is your only option, consider following the tips listed below to help keep you secure.

How to Stay Safe Using Public Wi-Fi

  • Use a VPN.
  • Use two-factor authentication.
  • Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date.
  • Turn off sharing.
  • Be sure you’re using HTTPS.

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Cyber Tip of the Day from the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)