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Yevgeniy Goncharov

OpenBLD.net - Secure WiFi Recommendations

Intro

Wi-Fi is a wireless communication technology that allows devices to connect to the internet and exchange data without using wired connections. Public Wi-Fi networks, available everywhere in public places such as cafes, airports, hotels, and shopping malls, provide users with a convenient way to access the internet anytime. However, such networks can pose a security threat as they are typically not password-protected and can be easily compromised by attackers to intercept data or launch attacks on users' devices.

Public Wi-Fi Safety Tips

1. Be vigilant:

  • Don't trust public Wi-Fi networks.
  • Verify the network name.
    • Scammers can create fake Wi-Fi networks with similar names to steal your data.
  • Disable automatic network connection.
    • Your device will not connect to unknown networks without your knowledge.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive matters.
    • Do not use online banking, shop, or enter passwords on websites that do not use HTTPS.

2. Use additional security measures:

  • Turn on a VPN.
    • A VPN encrypts your traffic, making it unreadable to others.
    • Use only trusted and reputable VPN services.
  • Install antivirus and firewall.
    • This will help protect your device from malware and network attacks.
  • Update your software.
    • Make sure your device has the latest operating system and application updates installed.
  • Use two-factor authentication.
    • This will add an extra layer of security to your accounts.

3. Be careful what you do:

  • Do not download files from unknown websites.
  • Do not open suspicious links.
  • Do not use online games and torrent clients.

4. Use mobile internet:

  • If possible, use mobile internet instead of Wi-Fi.
    • Mobile networks are generally more secure than public Wi-Fi networks.

5. Additional tips:

  • Use HTTPS websites.
    • HTTPS provides a secure connection between your device and the website.
  • Disable file sharing.
    • This will prevent other users from accessing your files.
  • Set a password for your Wi-Fi router.
    • If you are using a mobile Wi-Fi router, be sure to set a password for it.
  • Forget the network after use.
    • Remove the network from your device's list of known networks to prevent automatic connection.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use.
    • This will prevent your device from connecting to unknown networks.
  • Use a secure DNS service.
    • A secure DNS service, like Cloudflare, OpenBLD.net etc., can help protect you from phishing attacks and malware.

Conclusion

Following these simple tips will help you protect your data and devices when using public Wi-Fi. At least be careful and vigilant when using public Wi-Fi networks.

Remember that your security is in your hands. Take care of yourself 🔐