How to safely use a public Wi-Fi networkWorld | June 2, 2018, Saturday // 12:13| views
One of the things that distinguish Bulgaria from other countries is that wireless internet is almost everywhere. However, public networks are a convenient means of hackers' with malicious intent, so be careful when using these networks. From Fobres they give an example of how public networks can be safely used.
1. Disable shared files on your device
Most modern devices and laptops have convenient folder and file sharing modes. However, this is a good idea only in a home or office W-iFi network. There is a big risk in a public Wi-Fi network because everyone else on the network will be able to see these files if they wish so. That's why it's nice to turn off this feature before we connect to a public network.
2. Use the most up-to-date software
Software updates are required for each device and application. They often fix security problems, and these are detected regularly. Each platform has regular, minimum monthly security updates that significantly reduce the risk of abuse. So it's a good idea whenever we have access to updates, install them in time.
3. Use VPN
Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one of the most secure ways to protect each connection. They encrypt information and protect it from unwanted glances. Of course, this is not a 100 percent guarantee, but it hampers hackers significantly, and most would prefer an easier target. VPN can be used through a corporate network or as an additional service. Some are offered for free, while others have a monthly fee. There are thousands of similar services on the Internet, each with various additional options and features.
4. Antivirus software
The antivirus program is a must-have for devices that will connect to public Wi-Fi networks. It provides important protection, so do not miss it.