Public Wi-Fi Networks 'Not Always Safe,' Some Tips to Stay Secure

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By Naveena Joy | May 6, 2014 6:39 AM EST

Public Wi-Fi hotspots aren't always the most secure way to access the Web. Security from any threat related to these hotspots is important.

With this, Secure Data Recovery Services, a security firm, has put together a handy infographic that helps in avoiding these common dangers. It is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in California which provides data recovery services.

Secure Data Recovery Services was the first data recovery company to achieve SSAE 16 Type II certification. The company's infographic examines the growth of Wi-Fi hotspots, where to find them and prevent from hackers who have set up fake public Wi-Fis' in crowded areas.

Secure Data Recovery Services suggests the following:

  • Before using any network, it is always necessary to check with the concerned administrators of the place whether the address of the hotspot is correct.
  • Send data through Web sites that use more secure HTTPs protocol.
  • Avoid any financial transactions such a logging into bank accounts and transferring money.
  • Always turn on the device's firewall and run antivirus software on it.
  • Turn off sharing on the smartphone and ensure that none of the passwords is stored on it.

Secure Data Recovery said public Wi-Fi hotspots are risky, especially in crowded areas such as airports, train stations, bus stations, and even in coffee shops.

People should take extra caution while connecting to a Wi-Fi network, so that it's not an ad-hoc network set up to connect directly with a hacker's computer, as they set up phony Wi-Fi networks, giving names such as "Free Public Wi-Fi."    

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