When working abroad, you will likely be using a variety of wifi signals on the go. Free wifi is great option, but it comes with risks. It’s important to make sure you’re being safe while using public wifi or public computers.
Is free wifi safe?
This is a complicated question to answer. While there are ways to use free wifi safely, most people do not really take the proper precautions. According to an article in PC magazine online, 53% of people can’t tell a secured network from an unsecured one.
“A public Wi-Fi network is inherently less secure than your personal, private one, because you don’t know who set it up, or who else is connecting to it,” according to David Nield of Wired Magazine.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t use public wifi, but there are certain precautions that you could be taking.
Precautions to take when using public computers
If you are not traveling with a laptop or a smartphone, you may have to use a computer in a hostel, hotel or internet cafe. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some further precautions you can take.
Other ways to keep your information safe
When it comes to security, you can always make things more secure. Here are a few more suggestions.
When you’re working abroad free wifi is not only helpful, but often provides a lifeline to keep you on task. You may also need it to book flights, lodging or simply check on loved ones back home.
However, whether you’re using free wifi or a public computer, you’ll need to be attentive to detailed security measures to make sure your personal information safe and secure.