Public wifi security in Denver: What you need to know before connecting!

Beware! There are a few things you need to know about public wifi security, before you connect.

Our need for continuous Internet connectivity puts our security at risk when connecting to a public wifi network or hotspot.

Utilizing free public wifi throughout Denver at places such as hotels and coffee shops may seem harmless – but you never know who is lurking around the corner to try and gain access to something as simple as your Facebook account through an unsecured public wifi network or hot spot.

Keep your devices safe while browsing. Here’s what you can do to increase your security when using a public wifi network.

 

#1. Avoid using unlocked, free public wifi networks and hotspots. Their security is really unknown. A secure public wifi network or hotspot should make you enter a password. If you don’t have to enter a password to gain access to the Internet, we’d recommend passing on your browsing until you can sign on to a secured network.

#2. Turn OFF the wifi access on your computer when you’re not using it. This will prevent your device from automatically connecting to an unsecured public wifi network or hotspot.

#3. Make sure you’re backing up the data on your mobile device to a secure cloud environment regularly.

#4. Learn how to implement the remote wipe feature. It may come in handy if you lose your device or, worse, if someone steals your device. Of course, you’ll need to make sure your device is backed up first!

Here’s a real life story from one of our own technicians about public wifi security and why it’s so important.

 

I found this out the hard way. After visiting Spain for three weeks, I came home to a Facebook alert warning of suspicious activity on my account; someone in France had logged into my Facebook account. I did visit France during my travels, and I did connect to Facebook at some point, but after taking another look at the details from the alert, I noticed the time stamp of the suspicious activity logged did not match the time I was actually in France.

In fact, the activity happened when I was “over the puddle” and that’s when it struck me. I remembered logging into a public wifi hotspot provided by a small café in Osseja, France while snowboarding with friends in La Molina, Spain. I also remembered it being a free public wifi network, and even though “I shouldn’t do this for security reasons, but no one is here, and what are the chances?”

This was a mistake that took a long time to correct. The attacker stole many of my photos and used them to set up fake social media profiles, dating profiles and more. Over the course of the next year, I was finally able to locate and remove all the photos from all of the sites my photos were uploaded to.

– Dave Axtell

You never can be too serious about your public wifi security. For information on hotspot use and public wifi security, see this article on computerworld.

Of course, if you need help setting up remote backups for your devices or other technical / IT support, feel free to contact us. Our proactive approach to keeping your devices up and running and secure will simplify your life!