Wi-Fi has made it easier than ever to access the Internet on the road as well as in the home. A growing number of devices are designed to use Wi-Fi without compromising data transfer speeds. As technology evolves, Wi-Fi could even become more powerful in the future. The problem is security. Hackers are setting up fake Wi-Fi hotspots to steal information. Eliminating the use of Wi-Fi isn’t an option for most people. This makes implementing simple, effective, security steps essential.
- Be Safe at Home the easiest place to start creating more Wi-Fi security is at home. For example, older routers rely on WPA2 privacy which is ineffective in today’s environment. Along with using a newer router, activating all the security settings and choosing a strong password is essential. It is also a good idea to use VPN connections at home. In the event a home Wi-Fi connection becomes compromised, the VPN tunnel will keep all of the data encrypted and secure as it is being transferred.
- Be Wary of Random WI-Fi Hotspot sit is a common practice for hackers to set up Wi-Fi hotspots in order to lure users into using them. Anytime someone uses one, the hacker will be able to steal all of the information being passed through the router. This can include credit cards, bank statements, and personal information. A VPN should always be used when connecting to an unknown Wi-Fi hotspot. Even if someone connects to a hacker’s hotspot, all of the data being passed will be encrypted. Plus the VPN tunnel will ensure no malicious code is injected into the data stream.
- Take Advantage of Mobile Device Security Settings Newer mobile devices still provide an option to use WPA2 protection. Is important to always go through the mobile devices Wi-Fi protection set up and avoid using WPA or WEP settings because they have been compromised by hackers for several years and provide little real protection. Even after the security settings have been configured, relying on a VPN to create a secure Wi-Fi connection is always beneficial.
- When in Doubt, Use a VPNWhile there are some situations where a VPN may not be necessary, it provides an additional layer of protection more often than not. People who are particularly tech savvy may feel comfortable with their own protection strategy within their home and may prefer not using a VPN. However, for most users, a VPN is essential.
Wi-Fi security will continue to be a hot-button issue until everyone takes the proper security measures. To avoid being overwhelmed, most people will benefit from choosing a VPN to act as the frontline protection.