10 tips for safer public wifi in hotels

1. Keep Firewall Enabled
Keep your Windows firewall enabled, Usually we turn off the Windows firewall because of the annoying popups and notifications and then just completely forget about it. If you want to restart it,  then head over to the Control Panel, go to System and Security and select Windows Firewall.

2. Turn off public network sharing
It’s usually fine to allow resource sharing, however, an open Wi-Fi poses a security risk, a hacker might get access to important files and documents stored on the cloud, or they might even do a reverse hack, where they break into a printer first and then to any other connected devices.
3. Use a Virtual Private Network

A easy way to stay more secure is to use a “private browsing” session, which disables the browser to remember your browsing history and storing data in the cache. While this stops a malicious hacker from accessing past data, it can’t prevent him from listening in to your browsing session in real time.

That’s why we recommend you use a VPN when setting up a connection to an unsecured public Wi-Fi.

A VPN, short for Virtual Private Network, hides your IP address by encrypting your connection and allowing you to browse online in anonymity. In most cases, not even your ISP is able to track what exactly you are up to while online.

Using this method you protect your online privacy and you keep your valuable information from cyber threats, online scams, identity breaches or phishing attempts.

4. Use secure websites for sensitive operations

We don’t recommend running any important operation or financial transaction on an open Wi-Fi because of the security risk involved. if you still need to use a public network to check your bank balance, make sure you visit a secure website, or go one step further and use specialized secure browsers.

To check the web address starts with “https://“. The “S” is from “secure socket layer” and you know you are going to a site where communication is encrypted.

5. Update and patch everything

Keep your Windows operating system up-to-date, Updates are important for your cybersecurity since they patch a lot potential vulnerabilities in your operating system or other programs.

6. Don’t run financial transactions without special protection

We’ve talked about this earlier but this deserves a section all of its own.

Doing financial transactions over an unsecured public Wi-Fi is risky business.

Nevertheless, if you really need to access your bank account or pay online, we recommend you use a special security solution that can scan incoming and outgoing internet traffic for malicious software before these can infect your device and allow cybercriminals to hack you.

This software represents a complementary layer of security for the traditional antivirus solutions and it’s just one way you can strengthen your financial security.

7. Don’t browse without a good anti-spyware solution

Spyware is a type of malware used to intercept internet data, it can infect you at any time.

8. Don’t connect to a public Wi-Fi without a reliable antivirus

Not all antivirus programs are created equal. A good one can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your computer free of malware.

Three things are important when choosing a good antivirus: virus scanners, heuristic analysis capabilities (meaning, how well an antivirus can detect unknown malware) and how frequently is it updated with the latest malware definitions and other software patches.

9. Secure your browser before you go online

Browsers are main gateway for Internet traffic, and because of this, it is the first target of many malware programs. That’s why a safe and secure browser will filter out many potential threats and minimize some of the risks associated with the Internet.

10. Use two-factor authentication everywhere

This option is an extra security step you need to complete in order to login into your account.It requires you typ
e in a security code you received on your phone before you log in.