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When using public WiFi it is necessary to be cautious. Why? 


  1. Any free Wi-Fi should be considered unsecure.
  2. If you go online through an unsecured network, be aware that individuals with malicious intent may have established a Wi-Fi network with the intent to gain access to your systems.
    • This could allow the hacker to steal your user name and passwords, financial information, or other sensitive and personal information.
    • It’s also possible the hacker could infect your system with malware.
  3. Avoid typing any sensitive information when using public or unsecured WiFi connection.
  4. Conduct your financial transactions from a secured home connection. Passwords, credit card numbers, or other financial information are vulnerable on a public network.
    • When doing banking or on-line shopping avoid public WiFi networks and make sure the site you are using is security enabled.
    1. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://” which mean the site has taken additional steps to help secure your information.
    2. “http://” is not secure.
  5. If you must enter credit card numbers while using a public network, make sure you see a locked padlock icon in the corner of the browser window, and make sure the web address begins with https: (the "s" stands for secure).
  6. When in a public space it is safer to connect to the web through your wireless carrier and use your 3G or 4G connection.


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