With tablets, smartphones, and computers, you are constantly connected. On the bus, at home, at work, at school and even while travelling, you access the Internet through various Wi-Fi networks. What are steps you can follow to protect your data, personal information and devices from malicious attacks? Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy secure use of wireless connections.
Secure your wireless connection: Using an unsecure wireless connection can put your files and personal information at risk; it can open a window to a malicious attempt. When accessing the Internet on your mobile device, only use password-protected Wi-Fi networks.
Fake hotspots may occasionally be created to attack your mobile devices. Protect your account and devices by enabling your firewall and turning off settings that automatically search for Wi-Fi networks.
Pause before you act: Performing important online exchanges such as sending sensitive information and doing banking transactions while connected to a public Wi-Fi connection expose you dangerously. Ensure you are using a secure network to do these types of activities.
Secure your Wi-Fi network at home by:
- changing the name of your wireless network to something other than the provider’s name or your family name;
- creating a strong and unique password for your wireless network (see the IT security web site for ways to do this);
- enabling network encryption which protects your devices against unauthorized third-party software;
- disabling the wireless network when leaving for extended periods;
- keeping your router’s software up-to-date.