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How to stay protected while using public wifi

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

17 June 2016

Public wifi gets us all through the day. Whether we’re waiting for a takeaway coffee, killing time at the airport or even travelling on one of those fancy buses with the wifi on it, public hotspots allow us to stay connected, and to work on the go, without burning through cell data.

However, most public wifi hotspots are unsecured, meaning that you’re leaving yourself open to hackers and snoops stealing your information.

But what can you do to make sure you’re protected even while you’re using public wifi?

Don’t stay logged in to your accounts

Most of us leave ourselves logged into our Gmail accounts, social media accounts and websites while we surf the web, even if we’re not using that service. We like not having to log in again and again. However, on public wifi, the safest course is to log out of your accounts immediately after you’ve finished what you’re doing.

Only send personal information to encrypted websites

It’s tempting to log into any website, and to give your personal information whenever it’s requested, but when you’re on public wifi, you should only do so on websites that you know are encrypted.

Use a VPN

There is no better tool for ensuring your online security than a VPN. SurfEasy VPN uses bank-grade encryption to ensure that you’re protected from hackers and snoops no matter what internet connection you are using. Whether you’re using a laptop, smartphone or tablet, SurfEasy will wrap all your data up in a safe little package, and deliver it to where it’s supposed to be going, and nowhere else.

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