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23rd May 18

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Keep your data safe on public Wi-Fi networks

23rd May 18

Drew Hook
By Drew Hook113 Followers

Connecting to a public Wi-Fi network can be a real cash saver, enabling you to access high-speed Internet services without using up your mobile data allowance. But it’s also important to be aware of the information security risks involved in using a public network, without taking precautions to keep your private info safe.

Here are some tips from Alcatel spokesperson, Ernst Wittmann, Regional Manager – Southern and East Africa at TCL, about how you can make secure use of public Wi-Fi from an Android smartphone:

If possible, avoid working with sensitive info at a public hotspot

Connecting to a public Wi-Fi hotspot is a good opportunity to make a video call, catch up with some YouTube videos, or read the news headlines. But ideally, you should avoid doing your online banking or exchanging particularly confidential emails when you’re using your local coffee shop’s hotspot. Rather use your own mobile data or your home network for those transactions. Though the chances are low that someone is snooping, it only takes one breach for you to be exposed to identity theft or the theft of your passwords.

Turn off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it

 While you’re out and about, turn off your Wi-Fi connection if you’re not using it. In addition to sparing your battery life, deactivating a connection when you do not need it is a good way to shut off potential security vulnerabilities.

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