Wi-Fi is great. Think about it, you pretty much carry an entire library and a direct line to anywhere in the world in your pocket. Nowadays many businesses offer Wi-Fi for their customers, so you can stay connected even while eating udon or waiting in line for toast.
But! That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Using public Wi-Fi is sort of like doing, well, anything else in public: you want to be safe and not accidentally wander into trouble. Let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself on Wi-Fi.
- When you’re on public Wi-Fi, never access anything private. Accessing sports scores? Cool. Accessing your bank account? Not so much — not when the Wi-Fi’s owner could be looking over your cyber-shoulder.
- If you use a business’s Wi-Fi, make sure to ask the owner for the exact name and password of the network. That way you can avoid mistakes and networks playing copycat.
By thinking it through and being cautious, you can make sure your private information stays private.
For more tips and info about Wi-Fi safety, check out our infographic. ->