Each and every geek who browse and download files from internet, know what are the security risks that they are going to face. Most of internet users think that malware attack and Security Tips are due to visiting of malicious websites and downloading files from illegal sources. But there is another star of security risks named Public Wireless Networks. Use of Public Wi-Fi connections has become routine to most of us since in majority of public places you can get a free internet connection.
Actually, these public Wi-Fi connections are a major way for damaging your PC. It is not much secure since another user of this Wi-Fi network may be trying to access your data from PC or Browser. So you have to take some security related steps for keeping your personal data ‘personal’ and avoiding security risks as well. Here we are giving you some tips which can completely avoid your risks but surely decrease the chance for being trapped.
Whenever you connect your PC to a public Wireless Internet, it is safe to switch PC’s firewall ON. Firewalls can analyze and report about the ways through which data is being transferred. Especially due to some background programmes. So if a suspicious programme is trying to send data over Wi-Fi Network or someone is trying to access your data over Wi-Fi network, you will get alerted.
Most of Operating Systems including Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X come with in-built firewall feature in it. For enabling Firewall in Windows, you may go to Control Panel à System and Security à Windows Firewall à Turn Windows Firewall On/Off. If you think that in-built windows firewall is not much enough for you, you may get an external firewall for security efficiency.
Disable File Sharing & Folder Sharing
Microsoft Windows allows users to share files, printers, and folders over your Network. This feature is enabled also in the case of Wireless networks. So while using a public Wireless Connection, you should turn of file & folder sharing facilities in Windows. You can control these settings through Control Panel à Network and Internet à Network and Sharing Centre à Chance Advanced Sharing Settings. Open ‘Public’ network profile and turn of all the file sharing features in it.
Every time you connect to a new Internet Network, windows prompt you to select the category of websites and show whether you trust on the network. Be sure to give Public Network label when you connect to a public Wi-Fi connection. If you are giving one of the rest titles, there will be no use for the security measures done just before.
Use a Secure Connection (HTTPS)
I think you are familiar with this because most of websites including Facebook prefers activating HTTPS while browsing. And you have to use HTTPS connection while shopping online or checking online bank account.
In this system, all the data you send is encrypted and hence more secure. Identifying HTTPS Connections are very simple. Just check if the URL is starting with https://. If yes, you are using a Secured and encrypted connection and vice versa.
Browse Through Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Even HTTPS Connections are much safe and reliable. But it is not available in most of websites. Fore satisfying your security in lack of HTTPS, you may use a Virtual Private Network also known as VPN. While you have established VPN, you are establishing an encrypted connection to a server, and then get redirected. So it is much useful for your connection’s security.
There are some Completely Free VPN Connections for both Windows and iOS. But when using a VPN, you will definitely feel a little decrease of speed due to the redirecting process from server. But this lack of speed can be neglected while considering the security given for you. And a good VPN never stores your browsing history so you are completely anonymous while using a Virtual Private Network.
Use Security Related Utilities
Even if you have turned on firewall, using HTTPS and VPN, there are so many chances for being trapped. So you can try using a reliable security utility or application to stay safe and secure when connecting to a public Wi-Fi connection.
These are our ways for remaining safe while browsing. What about yours? How you are safe in a public Wi-Fi network? Let us know it through comments.