Data theft is always a risk when you’re using a public Wi-Fi network, so you should definitely switch to using your mobile data when out and about to protect yourself from it. The price of a few megabytes of data is much well worth it when you consider that it’s ensuring your safety.
2. Turn off Wi-Fi if you’re not using the internet
Turning off your Wi-Fi when you’re not using it solves three issues at once, namely, the rapid discharge of your smartphone’s battery, preventing automatic connections to fraudulent networks, and annoying ad emails.
3. Connect using a VPN
A Virtual Private Network allows you to retain your anonymity when using the internet. It makes the websites you enter see a virtual network IP address, as opposed to your own. Note that most VPN services are paid, however, they’re usually not that expensive, and many service providers offer free services too.
4. Don’t let your smartphone remember the network
Most smartphones and tablets will connect to a Wi-Fi network that they’ve connected to before when they’re in its range. Fraudsters have the ability to create their own access points using the same names as Wi-Fi networks, leaving your profile data vulnerable to being accessed, not to mention your finances.
Another trick that hackers and fraudsters use to gain access to people’s information is to use networks with similar names to the ones in the vicinity. An authentic Wi-Fi network normally requires payment and/or authorization to be used, but a fake one will always be free. Ask the owner of a Wi-Fi network about its correct name before connecting to it.
6. Install good antivirus software
Always make sure that you have the latest version of an antivirus software installed on the devices you use. New ways of hacking appear almost every day, and in addition, antivirus software warns you of possible fake Wi-Fi connections.
7. Choose two-stage authentication networks
Keep in mind that a network that doesn’t require you to take any additional action in order to connect to it might be fraudulent. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network that requires some form of authentication, such as requiring you to enter a code sent as a text message to your phone, is preferable.
8. Keep your passwords encrypted
You shouldn’t really keep your passwords stored in your smartphone at all, but if you really must, then make sure you use a password manager to encrypt your information.