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, 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
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
- 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.