Actiontec is committed to better WiFi—whether that’s making useful devices and tools to improve your wireless performance and coverage at home or tips and tricks for getting the most out of your network.

Today, we’re debuting a new series of “WiFi Wednesday” posts that will offer the latter on a regular basis. We hope you like it. Please let us know in the comments if there are topics that you’d like to see!

In our first installment, we’ve compiled Five Quick tips to Make Public WiFi Safer:

Let’s face it, the image above pretty much sums up our lives these days. As a result, businesses have to keep up by offering free WiFi to their customers. While this is a great way for us to stay connected without paying a premium for cellular data, it’s also made it easier for bad guys to steal your sensitive information.

If we can keep our homes, cars and other assets locked and secure, why not do the same with WiFi?

Here are five things you can do to make your public WiFi experience safer:

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1.) Double-check the network name

Beware of phony WiFi hotspots. Hackers often give their WiFi hotspots similar names to the legitimate connection. Most legitimate connections will be secured with a password and/or require the user to accept certain terms and conditions.

2.) Make sure your firewall is turned on

Even though your firewall is not a 100% impregnable way to secure your connection, it is an important first line of defense.

3.) Avoid accessing personal and sensitive information on public WiFi

This should be a no-brainer, but try to avoid accessing sensitive information (like online banking) while using public WiFi.

4.) Disable auto connect

Check your device settings to make sure it doesn’t automatically connect to an unknown network. Also consider ‘forgetting’ the network after you’re done using it.

5.) USE a VPN

Consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on public WiFi. This can be done with some good free apps such as SecurityKiss and SecureMe. You can also setup a VPN through your phone’s settings menu. Accessing HTTPS sites will also generally result in a safer connection.


Bonus Tip:

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