Passwords prevent unauthorized access to wireless networks. If you see a public Wi-Fi network without a password, don’t join it unless you have no other choice and have a VPN to encrypt your connection.
Public Wi-Fi networks can be dangerous. Cybercriminals can use them to steal your data or infect your device with malware. If you must use a public Wi-Fi network, take steps to protect yourself:
- Use a VPN to encrypt your traffic.
- Avoid entering sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or passwords.
- Be careful about what websites you visit and what apps you use.
- Keep your software up to date.
Here are some tips for finding a safe Wi-Fi network:
- Look for networks that require a password to join.
- Ask the business or organization that owns the network if it is safe.
- Use a Wi-Fi analyzer app to scan for networks and identify any potential risks.
By following these tips, you can help protect yourself when using public Wi-Fi networks.