How to Protect Your Device on Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi has been made available at almost every single place these days. This is a new way of attracting the consumers to your business, and it stops them from getting bored. It has become a regular thing almost everywhere in the world. However, as convenient as public Wi-Fi is, it is not safe at all. Due to its public nature, hackers can break into it with ease. Once they have control over the network, they can gain access to any and all devices that connect to it. If you use a public Wi-Fi that has been hacked, then the hacker would be able to take control of your device and can see each and everything on it. This includes your personal information, photos, videos, messages, calls, phone numbers, etc. Basically, you’ll just be handing out all the details of your life. There are a few ways to counter this problem, and we have explained them below.

VPN

The easiest and safest way to resolve this problem is through VPNs. Most of them can be downloaded for free and once you have installed it on your device, just enable it before connecting to a public Wi-Fi. Connecting to the VPN will make you invisible to the hackers. VPNs change your IP address and your server location, so to them, you won’t show up because your IP is completely different from the one that’s being offered by the public Wi-Fi. This is convenient and easier solution to the problem. You don’t have to put in a lot of extra effort and you will still be able to remain secure.

Turn Off File Sharing

There is no way to convince anyone to not use public Wi-Fi or to download VPNs. However, one thing that you can do and it doesn’t require any effort whatsoever is turning file-sharing off. When you connect to any network for the first time, you are asked what kind of network it is. You are given three options – Home, Work, or Public. If you select Home or Work network options, then the file sharing is enabled by default. However, choosing the Public option will turn off file sharing. So, when connecting to a public Wi-Fi, make sure that you mark it as a public network so that the hackers aren’t able to sneak in any kind of malware into your device.

If by chance, you have selected public Wi-Fi as Work or Home network, then you will have to manually disable file sharing. This seems like a simple solution, but it can go a long way. Most of the hackers mostly rely on user’s mistakes and by opting to let file sharing happen, you are basically exposing your device to all sorts of threats. So, save yourself the trouble and turn file sharing off. It is not as reliable of a solution as a VPN, but it is better than nothing. 

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