Safe Free Wi-Fi Usage at Airports and Other Places

by | Mar 30, 2020 | Live Work Play Travel, Safe Travel | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love free wi-fi? I don’t think I know of anyone who doesn’t. So if you are like me, when you come across free wi-fi you take the opportunity to get on-line. But before you start checking emails, paying bills and using passwords check these 5 tips on safe free wi-fi usage to ensure you and your computer are not compromised.

There are many places that now offer free wi-fi, from airports to coffee shops to accommodation to co-working spaces. And these places can be very busy, particularly the airport and coffee shops. Unfortunately you can find unscrupulous phishers hanging around these places just waiting for someone to go online so they can steal your identity or empty your bank accounts. So to keep you secure, do these 5 things first.

 

Look Over Your Shoulder

 

Before you go on line in public always be aware of your surroundings and if there are a number of people around you remember that someone could be looking over your shoulder. So check over that shoulder to ensure no-one is taking notes on your important information like your passwords for your online bank accounts. And don’t just check over your shoulder once, continue to check regularly. And if you have used any passwords, which I recommend you don’t, I would change them as soon as you can.

 

Use Recognised Networks

 

Protect yourself by signing onto a recognised network. I always baulk when I can easily join a free network. I prefer those that require you to set up a free account. This makes me feel a little easier about using the free wi-fi network. And I would only use free ones, never use one that requests payment. They are only after your credit cards details.

 

Disconnect After Using

 

That’s right as soon as you have finished using the network, ensure you disconnect and switch off the wireless connection. This will help ensure your system is less vulnerable if someone else tries to connect to you while you have the wireless connection on.

 

Use Strong Passwords

 

Having a strong password will definitely help to protect you. Weak passwords are easy to crack, particularly if a phisher has identified you as their next victim. Strong passwords typically have a mix of capital and small letters, letters and symbols. So don’t use a weak password like Travel use a strong password like *Trav8l#m76.

 

Use a VPN

 

To be extra safe when using free wi-fi, consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). One of these allows you to create a secure network within a network and thus keep your communications secure and encrypted, away from prying eyes. There are a number on the market and one of the best known is Nord VPN, so check them out before you travel or use free wi-fi.

So these are my 5 tips on safe free wi-fi usage. They help me when I travel because as a blogger, I use my phone and computer a lot when I travel. And I need to know that I am safe and secure from potential hackers. If you have any other tips I can add to this list please feel free to comment below.

 

Thanks for sharing!

Useful Travel Resources for Your Next Adventure!

 

Accommodation: Where Will You Sleep Tonight? If you want a bed in a hostel dorm find a great deal with HostelWorld. I mostly stay in hotels now, Booking.com is my favourite site for booking hotels from budget to ‘I feel like splurging’. For something completely different I house and pet sitting through Trusted Housesitters – this has saved me thousands on accommodation, no joke!

Flights: I always head to Skyscanner first to find a cheap and flexible flight.

Car Rental: When I need to rent a car I turn to RentalCars.

Train Travel: I love riding the train rails and get the best value from Eurail and Interrail Passes. And Japan has a great one too – JapanRail Pass.

Bus Travel: Check out Busbud for bus tickets.

Pre-organised Tours: I’ve been on a few in my time with Contiki being my first and favourite. if you are 18-35 years of age you should check them out.

Jump-the-queue entrance tickets: I don’t enjoy standing in long queues which is why I book my entrance tickets and day trips in advance. My favourite website to book them in advance is GetYourGuide.

Travel Insurance. There are a number of reasons why travel insurance is important and I never travel without having bought a policy as you never know when something might happen. World Nomads is great for general travel insurance while SafetyWing is great digital nomads and long-term travellers.

Need something else? Check out my Resources page.

 

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