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3 Essential Tips for Secure Public WiFi Usage (Updated 2024)

Updated: Mar 14

working on laptop at coffee shop

In our post-2020 world, working remotely from coffee shops, libraries, or airports has become the norm. But beware—the convenience of public WiFi comes with risks. Let’s explore three crucial ways to keep yourself and your business safe while connecting to these networks.

1. Check for Encryption: The “S” Matters

When browsing the web, always verify that the website you’re accessing is encrypted. Here’s how:

  • Look at the beginning of the web address (URL).

  • Secure websites start with “https” (note the “s” after “http”).

  • If the URL begins with just “http,” the site is not secure.

  • Secure sites encrypt any information you share, ensuring it travels safely from your computer to their server.

  • If it’s not secure, exit the site immediately and avoid sharing sensitive data.

2. Set Up a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Regularly using public WiFi? Consider a VPN:

  • A VPN encrypts all traffic between your computer and the internet.

  • Think of it as driving through a warzone in a tank—your data remains protected.

  • Look into VPN options for your phone as well.

  • Encrypt any information you send through mobile apps.

3. Disable Auto-Connect on Your Devices

  • Prevent your phone or laptop from automatically connecting to unsecured public WiFi networks:

  • Disable the auto-connect function.

  • This ensures your device won’t unknowingly latch onto risky networks.

  • Follow these instructions to disable auto-connect on Windows, iPhone, and Android: How to Disable Auto-Connect to Public WiFi.

Remember, secure browsing is your shield against cyber threats. Stay vigilant, protect your data, and work confidently wherever you go!

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