What Are The Risks of Connecting to Public WiFi?
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What Are The Risks of Connecting to Public WiFi?

Public WiFi can be a convenience for numerous reasons. From connecting your cell phone to your laptop while traveling, public WiFi provides the flexibility to work remotely or browse the web without using your data, and also allows for faster internet connection while on the go. But the convenience of public WiFi comes with its own risks. Continue reading to help you determine if the risks outweigh the convenience. 

What is Public WiFi?

Law Insider definition- Public WiFi, also known as “hotspots”, means any WiFi service established and owned by a contributing group that is provided for use by its customers on a wireless device and is password protected or has other secure authentication protocols established and managed by such contributing group.  

When is it ok to use Public WiFi?

Business Insider provides some helpful tools. There is no way to answer this question in an all-around easy-to-understand script, it’s safe to assume all public WiFi networks are encrypted. However, to ensure you are safe when connecting to public wifi, there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself:

  • Use websites that have HTTPS. Encrypted, safe connections will have https at the beginning, not just http
  • Turn off File Sharing and/or Airdrop
  • Use a VPN
  • Never access personal or financial data

What are the risks of using Public WiFi?

Users on the network can see what you see and send. They could hijack your session and log in as you. New hacking tools — available for free online — make this easy, even for users with limited technical know-how. Your personal information, private documents, contacts, family photos, and even your login credentials could be up for grabs.

With technology advancing at a phenomenal rate, it is hard to keep up with all the malware and cyber attacks, especially for those who are not tech-savvy. 

Why Choose 10X

How do you protect your business from a cybersecurity breach due to the use of public WiFi in 2023 and beyond?

That’s where our team at 10X comes into play. We partner with top-level companies in the cybersecurity space to make sure your company always has the latest cybersecurity technology available, saving you time, money, and peace of mind.

Ready to get started or have questions about how to protect yourself and your company in the event of a public WiFi cyberattack? Contact us by calling 704-931-1056 or e-mail: Sales@10xcg.com


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