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How to protect your system while on public hotspot

The number of free public Wi-Fi service in Nigeria is growing rapidly. However, the securities of most of these hotspots are not guaranteed and are sometimes questionable.

Your devices’ default setting and firewall may not be enough to keep you safe from prying eyes while on a public network.

Below are some essenial tips for protecting yourself and your PC while on the go:

Sharing

You should disable sharing setting on your devices before logging onto a public Wi-Fi. Just to be double sure you don’t have your music library, printers or files, or even remote login from computers on your network on, double check. Windows users can check the status by opening the advanced sharing settings of the Homegroup section of the Network and Internet settings in the Control Panel. From here, you’ll be able to toggle file and printer sharing as well as network discovery,

VPN

Another secure way of surfing the internet on a public network is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN routes your traffic through a secure network even on public Wi-Fi, giving you all the benefits of your private network while still having the freedom of public Wi-Fi. Free VPN providers are available everywhere, just Google up one.

Change Default Connection Setting

Your devices may be set to automatically connect to available Wi-Fi networks. This auto setting may harm your devices if not checked. These kind of settings allows your devices to connect to public hotspots without your permission. If this is not checked, you may be automatically connecting to malicious networks where you information can be stolen and that even harm your devices.

Firewall should be on

Most Operating Systems (OS) include a built-in firewall that monitors incoming & outgoing connections. A firewall would not necessarily provide a complete protection, but it’s a setting that should always be enabled.

Anti-virus

The last but not the least is to always run an up-to-date anti-virus software. This can help provide the first alert if your system has been compromised anytime you are connected to an unsecured network.

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