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Wi-Fi in airports, hotels, coffee shops and other public places may be convenient, but they're often not secure.

Individuals with malicious intent may establish free Wi-Fi networks to eavesdrop on your connection to steal your credentials, financial or other sensitive information, or to inject malware.

Use wisdom when using Wi-Fi

To minimize the risk,

  • Verify that the Wi-Fi hotspot you’re using is fully encrypted by looking for the lock in the lower status bar or “https” in the URL, noting the “s” for security.
  • Only submit personal information through websites that you know are fully encrypted.
  • If you think you’re logged in to a secure site, but discover it’s an unencrypted page, log out immediately.

There are three types of encryptions that are commonly used by Wi-Fi networks

  • WPA - protects your information against common hacking programs.
  • WPA2 - offers stronger protection of your information against common hacking programs.
  • WEP - may not offer these protections. When in doubt, assume the connection is not secure.

Avoid high risk behavior 

Convenience now may result in hassles later. Staying permanently signed-in to an account or using the same password on many different sites increases your vulnerability.

  • When finish using an account, log out.
  • Create different passwords for each account, so multiple accounts will not be compromised if one account is breached.
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