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Public Wi-Fi hotspots can be a hacker’s paradise. Following these basic security tips can mean the difference between safe surfing and an ID theft or data-loss nightmare.

  1. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt your internet connection and protect your data from hackers.
  2. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive transactions such as online banking or shopping.
  3. Be wary of using Wi-Fi hotspots that are not secured with a password.
  4. Use a firewall to block unauthorized access to your device.
  5. Keep your operating system and security software up to date.
  6. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.
  7. Look for the padlock icon in your browser to ensure a secure connection.
  8. Disable file sharing when connected to a public network.
  9. Be careful when connecting to a Wi-Fi network with a similar name to a known network.
  10. Be aware of your surroundings and protect your device from physical theft.
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