How to Protect Yourself When Using Public Wi-Fi

Public Network People who usually connect to public Wi-Fi networks are at the most risk of online hacking. Even if you trust the business and the Wi-Fi network of the commercial space you are in, it is still important to heighten online security. Here are four ways to do it.

Turn on Your Firewall

A firewall is your first step to preventing online hackers. The software screen data coming in and out of computer networks and block any unauthorized access. Most operating systems include a built-in firewall so make sure to turn on the feature on your mobile or computer. For Windows users, you can locate your firewall settings in Control Panel or in System Preferences for Mac.

Confirm the Network Name

If you’re using a commercial business’ Wi-Fi connection, confirm the network name by asking the venue’s employees. You can also ask if they use internet tunnel software like, which you can access after a verified log in. Hackers can set up fake networks such as “FREE Public Wi-Fi” or “Free Mall Wi-Fi” in an attempt to lure you.  Be wary of networks like this.

Always Use HTTPS

HTTPS or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure is the locked version of HTTP, the protocol in which data is sent between your browser and the website. When using public Wi-Fi, only log in to sites that have “https” before their addresses. You can also add it manually before visiting a website or install software that can do the job. Websites that use https typically include a padlock on the side of the address bar.

Turn Off Sharing

People who often share their music libraries, printers, or folders and files online are at risk of hacking, especially once they connect to a public Wi-Fi network. Turn off sharing when you plan to connect outside your home as to prevent hackers from stealing your information. You should also turn off network discovery to tighten online security.

As technology improves, online hacking also develops. Always secure your network and information to prevent identity theft and other cases of internet robbery.