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The Dangers of Connecting to a Public Wi-Fi Network

Posted by Meredith Gooch on Thu, May 21, 2009

With the right tools and an unsecured network, someone can see the Web sites you visit, the documents you work on, and even the login names and passwords you use. These threats are increased when connecting to a public wireless network.

However, there are some things you can do to prevent someone from gaining access to your confidential information. First, make certain that you have firewall software running on your computer whenever using a public wireless Internet service provider. Next, examine the security status information presented in the listed wireless connections. If the wireless connection offers no encryption, it will be displayed as “Unsecured Network.” Only connect to wireless networks that require a network security key or have some other form of security, such as a certificate. Always read any privacy policy statements to learn what will be installed on your computer and what information the provider may sell.

- Chris Firra, Sr. Consultant

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Tags: Wi-Fi, wireless Internet