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.
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.
Today, the internet is considered a necessity. Nearly everything we do has ties to the World Wide Web. Downloading, streaming, and browsing are everyday activities. Whether you use the internet for work, pleasure, or something in-between, a slow internet connection can disrupt your entire day.
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Unfortunately, a number of things can cause a slow connection. It could be your Wi-Fi router, it could be your service provider, it could be your machine, and it could be the websites you are trying to access. To determine exactly what might be causing your problem, try the following steps.
Techno Goober employs a brother-sister team. One tech and one amazing (and very humble) writer. Recently, a client approached Tech Steve (my brother) and asked about installing a Google Home.
The client wanted to know: Is Google Home worth it?
The product boasts voice-controlled services like music control, TV control, shopping lists, phone calls, texting, and smart home features like turning lights on and off. We all know that products may boast amazing services, but are the services really all that special?
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.
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.
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?
We’ve all been there. Your device isn’t working quite as expected, and you are starting to get really frustrated. You give Techno Goober a call to speak with one of our expert techs, but they give you that dreaded advice.
Turn it off. And turn it back on again.
Before you get angry, this actually works. The next time your device has a glitch, your Wi-Fi is acting up, your application is slow, or your laptop is acting up, try this advice. Turn it off then turn it back on again.
Rebooting your device can help with any number of issues. It works with desktop computers, laptops, tablets, game consoles, phones, printers, and wireless routers.
When you turn your device off and on again, it resets your device, and it begins reading the code from the beginning. Sometimes the computer loses its place like reading when you’re tired and accidentally skipping a line in your book. Going back to the beginning of the paragraph, like resetting your device, helps you find your place again.
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.
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.
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.