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Why You Should be Wary of Public Wi-Fi

Beware public Wi-FI

Traveling for business is required for many jobs. Working while traveling for pleasure is often a necessary evil for many small business owners as well. To protect you and your devices while you’re working on the go, you should understand the dangers of public Wi-Fi.

What is Public Wi-Fi?

Public Wi-Fi is any wireless network that can be accessed in a public place. This includes wireless internet at the airport, hotel, train station, library, coffee shop, and more. There is accessible wireless internet nearly everywhere you go. Some wireless service providers even offer Wi-Fi connectivity on major highways.

It may seem relatively harmless or even safe to connect to the wireless network at your hotel or local library. But there could be dangers lurking around every corner on these strange wireless connections. Dangers that you might not even notice or have any power against.

Public Wi-Fi may seem harmless, but there are dangers lurking around every corner on these strange wireless connections. Dangers that you might not even notice or have any power against. Learn how to protect yourself. #wifi Click To Tweet

Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

On public Wi-Fi, your device is unprotected from any number of dangerous viruses, malware, or other virtual attacks. Like having unprotected sex, using an unprotected public network could have very real consequences.

You may think that you are safe in your hotel or local coffee shop, but the dangers of public Wi-Fi are everywhere. The important thing to remember is that the danger doesn’t always come from the person who sets up the network, but it comes from a malicious person who is or was connected to the same network.

That’s right, it’s very likely that the manager of your favorite coffee shop has no idea that their Wi-Fi has been compromised.

But It’s Password Protected!

You might think that password protected public Wi-Fi is safe, but you’d be wrong. Your local café might think they are doing you a favor by requiring a password to access their network, but requiring a password still doesn’t mean the Wi-Fi is safe.

A password does not equal security. There are other security features that must be in place in order for the Wi-Fi to be considered secure. The most important security feature for a public network is encryption.

Encryption ensures that the data your device communicates via the Wi-Fi is safe from hackers. It requires a specific key or code to understand the data your device is relaying to the server. Hackers don’t have access to that key with encrypted networks.

If the wireless network was set up by an IT professional like a Techno Goober technician, then the network may have encryption enabled on the network. However, there is no guarantee that the public Wi-Fi you connect to has the required to security to protect you or your devices from dangerous cyber-attacks.

Types of Public Wi-Fi Threats

There are a number of types of public Wi-Fi dangers. They range in function and purpose. To protect yourself and your devices, you should understand the various types of threats and their goal. The most common Public Wi-Fi threats are:

  • Man-in-the-Middle,
  • Snooping and sniffing,
  • Malware distribution,
  • And Fake hotspots.

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

Man-in-the-Middle attacks are similar to your childhood game. The goal of this attack is to intercept and read data that your device is communicating with other servers, websites, or devices. Like eavesdropping, this attack may or may not actually harm your device, but it may harm you in other ways.

Snooping & Sniffing

Much like what you would expect, this type of threat is like a virus snooping through your data. Hackers will spy on what you are doing online including any webpage you visit, the credentials you use to log in and more.

Snoopers often attempt to learn your personal information or financial information. The hacker may then use this information to steal your identity or hijack your accounts.

Malware Distribution

Probably the most commonly known threat of using public Wi-Fi is malware. Using an unsecured wireless network may result in accidentally or unknowingly acquiring a virus or other form of malware on your device. This malware will then cause chaos on your device.

This type of threat includes highly dangerous Ransomware attacks where hackers hijack your device and steal your files. The hacker then charges you a fee or ransom to regain control of your files and device.

Fake Hotspots or Rogue Access Points

These fake wireless access points are designed to lure you into a sense of security before stealing your data and information. The Wi-Fi network may appear legitimate, but as soon as you connect, your device will be in danger.

It may be difficult to spot a malicious wireless network. The fake network may be named something very similar to the real network you expect to connect to. This type of attack only succeeds by being relatively hard to pinpoint.

For example, you may expect to connect to a wireless network at your local library. You believe you are connecting to Local Library Public Wi-Fi, but you actually select Local Library Free Wi-Fi or even Local Library Public WiFi.

This small difference could be impossible to catch. This small mistake could have unforeseeable consequences for your financial and personal information.

How do You Stay Safe on Public Wi-FI?

Use these tips to ensure that you are smart about connecting to Public Wi-Fi.


  • Allow your device to “auto-connect” to Public wireless networks.
  • Log into your financial or health care accounts while using Public Wi-Fi.
  • Enter sensitive information including your name, email, or password into websites without HTTPS security. Read more about SSL security.
  • Leave your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on while you aren’t using them.
  • Use a wireless network that isn’t password protected. (Be wary of some password protected networks too. See above.)


  • Disable file sharing when you’re not using it (including Apple AirDrop).
  • Only visit sites with HTTPS security.
  • Log out of accounts when you are finished using them.
  • Ask Techno Goober how you can protect your information with VPN.

Virtual Private Network

The best way to be sure that you, your information, and your devices are safe while using Public Wi-Fi is by using a virtual private network (VPN). To learn more about how to use VPN when using Public Wi-Fi, contact our Tech Goobers. We can assist with setting up your VPN connection.

Contact Techno Goober

To protect yourself and your devices, use caution when connecting to Public wireless while traveling for work or pleasure. If you have any questions about setting up VPN on your device, don’t hesitate to contact Techno Goober for more information.

If you think your device may have acquired a virus while connected to an unsecured wireless network, call Techno Goober right away. Our expert techs can assist you with removing any unwanted malware from your computer to keep it running fast.

Don’t forget to ask about our Virus Protection software. Get your business’s Public Wi-Fi setup by a professional to protect your patrons from malware.

Internet Privacy Practices for Businesses

Online Security is a must

As small businesses, it’s important for us to be conscious of the security needs of our clients and customers. As a web development company, in particular, we must always be thinking about how to maintain the privacy and security of our clients AND our clients’ clients.

Collecting Information

As a business, it is necessary to collect information about your client. This information can be used for a variety of purposes from leads to newsletters or even internal research. The most important thing that businesses must remember when collecting any information from clients is to collect only what you need and maintain transparency.

The most important thing that businesses must remember when collecting any information from clients is to collect only what you need. #cyberaware #goobertips Click To Tweet

What’s Your Password?

Password security

There are a number of factors that impact the security of your password from the complexity and length or even how easy it is to guess by those around you.

To check if your password is secure enough, ask yourself the following questions. (And answer honestly.)

  • How long has it been since you changed your password?
  • Do you use the same one for more than one website?
  • How many people know what your password is?
  • How complex or simple is it?
How secure is your password? Could your accounts be in danger? #goobertips Click To Tweet

Don’t be Caught by Phishing

Beware Phishing Attacks

Phishing scams can be dangerous for you and your online accounts. Your email provider, like Google, works very hard to ensure that its email clients are safe from phishing scams. However, that just means that when a phishing scam does get through it is especially deceptive.

What is phishing?

Phishing scams are emails, texts, or phone calls that try to trick you into clicking a link, revealing confidential information, or downloading a virus. These scams are usually easy to spot for a number of reasons, but, sometimes, they are incredibly difficult to spot leaving you vulnerable.

The best way to protect yourself from phishing is to learn how to spot it. #phishing #goobertips Click To Tweet

Keep Your Passwords Safe

password security

There is nothing worse than when you find out your password wasn’t as secure as you thought it was. One minute your account is secure, the next, your Facebook account has twenty new posts asking your friends to send you money in Zimbabwe.

Obviously, most people these days know when they’re being duped, but just because none of your friends click the link, doesn’t mean that you are safe from danger. When someone hacks into your account, they have access to your profile, any account connected to your Facebook, and all of your personal information.

To protect your account, make sure that the password you are using is strong. #phishing #goobertips Click To Tweet

The Internet is like Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and dragons

The internet is a world of magic and unicorns. But, it can also be a dark and occasionally dangerous place.

You need to be careful. Any of those supposedly happy and helpful dragon egg sellers could secretly be highwaymen waiting to steal your passwords.

To avoid the dangers of the internet, you should follow some very important rules.

The internet is a world of magic and unicorns. It's also a place where dragons eat your emails or something. #phishing #dnd #goobertips Click To Tweet

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