Increasing cyber risks is a topic affecting many industry sectors. Although the impeding risks businesses face is discussed on a daily basis, the risks associated with the general public often gets left on the back burner.
The majority of the public turn on Wi-Fi connectivity functions at home, many of whom, like myself, often forget to turn off automatic connectivity settings. Although this may not be seen as an immediate threat in the public eye, public Wi-Fi is another platform cyber-criminals utilise during an attack.
Public Wi-Fi may appear as a saving grace when data allowance is running low, however, faux connectivity pathways are far from unknown in the world of cyber-threats. Following these simple tips can effectively aid in protecting your risks whilst using public Wi-Fi:
Beware of Faux Wi-Fi Networks
For those with no formal experience in setting up networks, this may seem like a daunting task. Hackers, on the other hand, not so much so. When you are connecting to a Wi-Fi network, ensure you are connecting to the correct network name such as:
Use a firewall
This small step can provide protection from unauthorised access. Switching on your system’s firewall can aid in protecting your devices:
For windows: Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall
For Mac: System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Firewall
Turn sharing off
Although file sharing is often switched on whilst connected to your home network, to share files with other devices or connect to wireless printers perhaps, when you’re out, you should ensure this function is switched off by following the steps below:
Windows: Control Panel > Network and Sharing Centre > Change Advanced Sharing Settings
Mac: System Preferences > Sharing > Untick “File Sharing” box
Consider a VPN
Virtual Private Networks (VPN), essentially allows you to browse in a private sphere as data passing through is encrypted, therefore, interception of your data much harder to do. Setting up a VPN is possible to do following the steps listed below:
Windows: Type VPN into the Search menu in Start, click on Create a VPN
Mac: System Preferences > Network > Click Add (+) and choose VPN
Avoid certain tasks
This may sound obscure; however, if you want to check in on online banking or purchase an item that wasn’t in store, but have seen online, if possible… Wait! Entering personal details whilst using public Wi-Fi can be damaging. Using a secure network will better your chances of cyber security.
Forget the network
Once you have finished using the network, forget it. This protects you from inadvertently re-connecting the next time you are in the area.
Remember all your gadgets
With the advancement of technological devices, being connected is as standard. By remembering your iPhone and your iPad both have connectivity features, you are limiting the amount of access routes hackers can take.
Ultimately, we are all susceptible to the risks imposed upon us by cyber-criminals. They take steps in attacking mass markets, with many victims completely unaware of what is happening. Using the information available, such as the steps above, can minimise vulnerability to attacks.
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