Is Free Wi-Fi Safe?

Is Free Wi-Fi Safe?

Gregory Han
Jun 4, 2012

We all use it at one time or another: free wi-fi. But is connecting to an open and free network a good idea? This infographic illustrates a few reasons why you should practice precaution when logging onto a free access point out in public...

So what if you're someone who like to live on the edge and log into public wi-fi regularly? Alongside the tips noted above, take a few precautionary measures and you should be fairly safe, unless someone is specifically targeting you. Here are a few solid tips via Lifehacker about signing on safely (or rather, safer) onto public wi-fi (especially of note for airport and hotel guests):

  • Turn Off Sharing
  • Enable Your Firewall
  • Use SSL Whenever Possible
  • Consider Using a Virtual Private Network
  • Turn It Off When You're Not Using It

Infographic: VeraCode

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