How To Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi [Infographic]

How To Stay Safe On Public Wi-Fi [Infographic]
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It is slowly getting easier to access free Wi-Fi in Australia, with various bars, cafes, restaurants and public spaces providing the service. However, like most things that are free it pays to do some homework instead of blindly blundering in. Here are 13 ways to stay safe.

The following infographic was put together by Budget Direct Home Insurance. As the accompanying blog post notes, around 25% of all public Wi-Fi hotspots are entirely unencrypted. It’s therefore imperative to be cautious about the networks you dial into due to the threat of unscrupulous businesses and hackers.

The following tips, precautions and strategies should all but eliminate the risks posed by public Wi-Fi. Remember: “The benefits of Wi-Fi-on-the-go only outweigh the risks until trouble strikes.”

Here’s the full infographic. (Click on each section to enlarge.)

[Via Budget Direct]


  • I disagree, while this may protect your traffic, it won’t protect your device, there are a large number of ways you can be pwned on a network, secured or not VPNs create another adaptor and local ip, your normal connection is still there, listening for data to come in, while your new tunnel directs your outbound traffic and responses to it.

    For example, you might see your VPN software crash and reopen it without another thought, but what happened in the background was the process was killed and overwritten with a rogue VPN, a look alike, with a certificate owned by the attacker, so now your traffic is visible anyways, though https may still be protected if they didn’t use ssl stripping or hsts bypassing.

    Nothing is secure, you can only patch up the holes with tape and hope nobody comes along with a pair of scissors.

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