Enjoying a tall latte just the way you like it while you answer your emails and browse the Internet at a secluded table in that trendy new place with the Wi-Fi sounds great right? Don’t be so sure. Maybe you are thinking it would be beneficial to spend some desperately needed time catching up on work while you are waiting to board your plane at the airport. Not so much. You should never consider connecting to Wi-Fi in a public place.
Ok, so let’s help you understand the risks…and they are extremely high. Connecting to Wi-Fi in a public place provides easy access for hackers. When you connect to public Wi-Fi, hackers can position themselves directly between you and your intended connection, so every piece of data you send out can be intercepted and compromised. Value your emails, email addresses, phone numbers, financial information and business files? I think we all know the answer to that. And, although it may be inconvenient and not exactly what you want to hear, the take-away is that you really shouldn’t value that free Wi-Fi at the new hot spot down the street.
Instead, consider using a virtual private network (VPN). There is a fee, but the added security is well worth it. Or just invest in an unlimited data plan and continue to enjoy your coffee at that trendy place, but with your own Wi-Fi connection.
If you are afraid that it might be too late because you think that you may have fallen victim to an attack on public Wi-Fi, come to the experts at Computer “A” Services. We specialize in virus removal, virus protection and computer repair, we are affordable and we are conveniently located on Dixie Freeway in New Smyrna Beach.