(20 Feb 2013) InfoWatch - Digital Citizenship [DC 8]

In the previous post, we learned about wireless security at Home. Today we will see about wireless at Outdoor places.

In outdoor places, protect your data privacy when using public Wi-Fi by practicing the following steps:
  1. Turn off folder sharing - Must turn off sharing for your folders as anyone on the same network can access them. They don’t even need to be a hacker.
  2. Awareness is good practice! - Beware of the information you share in public locations. Even seemingly innocuous logins to Web-mail accounts could give hackers access to your more important data, and especially since most people utilize the same password with a few variants for almost all online activities.
  3. Switch it off – If you are working offline for extended periods of time, shut down or disable your wireless connection. Every minute you're on someone else's wireless network is a minute you're exposing your machine and your data to intruders.
  4. Invest in a good antivirus and internet security product - Run a comprehensive security suite and keep it up to date to block out spyware and viruses.
  5. Disable P2P connections - Many Wi-Fi hackers set up "ad hoc" networks disguised to look like verifiable networks in airports and the like. They'll usually have names like "Free Wifi", "Free Airport Wireless," and so on. Turn off your P2P connections for wireless unless you're certain you are connecting to a verified, trusted network. 
In our next post, we will discuss about Online Identity Security.

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