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How To Safeguard Your Data at Public WiFi?

How To Safeguard Your Data at Public WiFi?

 

Safeguard Your Data
Safeguard Your Data

In this article I will highlight the various methods on how to safeguard your data while using WiFi – But before I dive into this topic, I first want to lay out a little background information on data theft and e-crime.  Consequently, in this era of technology, not a week goes by without hearing news about a high-profile case of hacking or data theft. However, most of us should not be stunned about high-profile data breach incidents – a perfect example would be a recent cyber attack on target (a chain of large retail stores). The point is that the individual user is more at risk of being targeted compared to a corporate entity – what’s really a shocker is that your data could be stolen right under your nose – without even getting a whiff of suspicion.  So, how does one fall prey to hackers? Well, it’s all about the environment, in which you are using Wi-Fi, whether your Wi-Fi connection is secured or unsecured, and even whether you are surfing the internet in public or in the comfort of your own home – these conditions determine the chances of your data being stolen.

What I primarily want to highlight in this article are the dangers of using Wi-Fi in public, such as in coffee shops, airports, train stations or other places where techies congregate in order to take advantage of free internet. Using a publicly available wireless internet connection may seem like a fairly safe bet – well, at least for those who lack awareness on information security issues – divergent to what you may think, using public Wi-Fi is like diving into shark infested waters. With the sharks being data thieves – what’s even scarier is that you never see these sharks coming – until it’s too late.

All a hacker requires is a tablet computer, capable of connecting to wireless networks – it the hackers equivalency of a fat kid being in a candy store – and we all know how much most fat kids love sugar. The hacker can have his or her pick of the most vulnerable victim, for example: someone with no antivirus and or firewall protection. Although, most of the time, hackers are able gain access to anyone’s PC simply by using sophisticated hacking software – capable of bypassing firewalls and antivirus security. However, not all hope is lost – there is something you can do to defend yourself if you absolutely don’t want give up using public Wi-Fi.

Use a virtual Private Network (VPN):

If you would like to encrypt all your browsing activities, the best way to do it is with VPN. Regardless of which sites you visit, your real information will not be accessible to e-crooks – when an e-criminal tries to access your information, he or she will simply encounter garbled up information – in essence, this information is in encrypted format – which is practically useless for hackers. One of my favourite free VPN service is ultra-surf – its fast and you can carry the self-executable file on a portable drive – giving you the freedom to protect your privacy wherever you go.

Keep your confidential data on encrypted cloud:

Regardless of what you may think, your data is safe in the cloud. Most cloud storage services, such as Microsoft’s One Drive, Google drive, Box and Drop box all encrypt your data which protects them from being accessed – while also giving you the flexibility to expediently access your data from virtually anywhere in the world – given the condition you have access to the internet. However, receptive data that is desktop based should also be guarded with scrutiny – thus, desktop based data encryption software should be utilized which guarantees that your data won’t be compromised in case your PC is stolen.

Handy Tools To Copy Protect Your Data:

In short, today’s age of technology demands  you to  Safeguard your Data at Public WiFi Hotspots. So that you might feel well secured from any type of hackers or data loss. There are some useful and handy tools out there that can also help you to safeguard your data. One of the most recommended and efficient tool is Copy Protect. You will surely feel much secure after using it. 

About Mohammad Irfan Ali

Mohammad Irfan Ali
Mohammad Irfan is the Lead Content Strategist at NewSoftwares. His main interest is in web related threats, phishing scams and social networking hoaxes. He is the admin of Talk Security and regulates the publication of all blogposts.

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