Using Wi-Fi Networks

Using Wi-Fi on your mobile

A cellphone is a particularly convenient way to access the Internet through a Wi-Fi network, especially when you're without your laptop. But it can also be an open target if you don't take precautions or know the risks.

Here are a few things to ensure Wi-Fi security for your mobile device:

  • Avoid connecting to unknown or non-password protected Wi-Fi networks, even if they are private. An unknown or unsecured Wi-Fi network is an open invitation for hackers, fraudsters and malware. These predators often lurk on public Wi-Fi networks constantly scanning for unsecured devices to infiltrate.
  • You should only ever connect to a public Wi-Fi if you know and trust the network, and are confident it's secure and password protected. Using an untrusted and unsecured network could provide a gateway for total identity theft, or infecting the devices of your entire contact list.
  • Turn off settings that automatically search for Wi-Fi networks.
  • Be aware that fake or "evil twin" Wi-Fi hotspots are sometimes created in the same location as legitimate hotspots to specifically lure and attack unsuspecting mobile users. Always make sure you're on the correct network.

Learn more about mobile risks.

All the same measures and tactics for using your laptop or tablet safely on a public Wi-Fi network also apply to your mobile phone. Including using a VPN to route and encrypt all your data for maximum security.

Learn more about securing your web activity on a public Wi-Fi network or on your home Wi-Fi network.

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