Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspots
Free Wi-Fi hotspots are a great convenience when you're out and about. Find out the best ways to keep yourself safe when using them.
Many Indians set up home Wi-Fi networks. These networks can have good security and firewalls to stop hackers if you enable the security when you set up your network.
Is my Wi-Fi secure?
Your Wi-Fi network is secure if a locked padlock appears against the name of your network. To see if your home Wi-Fi is secure go to the list of networks under ‘settings’ on your device.
When setting up the network, use the password provided or enter a new password that is hard to guess, or ‘strong’, and connect all your devices with that password.
Public Wi-Fi hotspots
A Wi-Fi hotspot is an area where access to the internet is through wireless technology. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are commonly found in airports, cafes and restaurants, hotels, shopping centres and on public transport. They are often free and unsecured, so be aware of the risks when using unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Choose a hotspot that requires a password.
- Think twice before signing up to a hotspot that asks for a lot of personal information.
- Consider using a VPN, or virtual private network, particularly if you use public Wi-Fi a lot. VPNs increase privacy and security by encrypting your data.
- Consider switching off location services on your mobile or tablet and file sharing on your laptop while connected to the hotspot.
- Visit only secure web pages from hotspots – look for ‘https://’ in the website address and a locked padlock icon.
Watch our video on web browsing.
- Make good choices about what you do online in a hotspot – don’t access your bank account or do other things that might disclose your personal information (like downloading data from a wearable device).
- Never leave your device unattended in a public space when connected to a hotspot.
- Disconnect from the hotspot once you’ve finished using it – or, even better, forget the network when you leave it.