Public vs Protected Wifi
 
  Public Wifi:
Public Wifi, also known as open wifi, is a connection to wireless internet which does not required the use of a username and/or password and it is available to any user with a wireless antenna.

Protected Wifi:
Protected Wifi, also known as private wifi, is a connection to wireless internet which requires a username and/or password to gain access to the internet.
Only users who have the network username and/or password can access the internet using the specific device (access point/router).


  Dangers of Public Wifi
 
  • Scammers have the ability to access information from other devices using the public wifi connection. They can gain access to personal information entered on legimate sites using the same internet connection.

  • If the wifi is in a residential area and not password protected, any user can access the wifi. This can slow down the connection and can leave a computer exposed to scams from users with unauthorized access.



  How to protect your laptop or mobile device

  • Never conduct bank, business or credit card transactions on public wifi.
  • In emergency situtations, make sure the site where sensitive information is entered is SSL Secure
      Example:
      
    • Website URLS which start with https://



    • On Smartphones, there may be a lock next to or above the URL link


  • If a residential wifi connect does not have a network password, contact your internet provider to set one up.
  • Make sure the laptop or tablet PC has an updated anti-virus program installed.
  • Make sure the mobile device has an active firewall program enabled.


 
 
 

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