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Using Public Wireless (or Wi-Fi) Networks

Remember these few facts when using public WiFi networks:

  • When you connect to a Wi-Fi network, identify that it is a 'public' network type if prompted.
  • Make sure you're not sharing folders or devices with others on the network.
  • Install a reputable virtual private network (VPN) solution on your device.

If you can't connect securely, avoid:

  • Online banking or shopping
  • Sending confidential emails
  • Entering passwords or credit card details unless you're using a secure website.

If you must make a sensitive transaction, only use secure websites that have:

  • https:// instead of http:// at the start of the address;
  • A locked padlock or key in the browser website address bar.

But remember, no public Wi-Fi is 100% secure, so consider using your own mobile data for any sensitive transactions.

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