Free public WiFi is quite convenient, but security is an important issue. Below are ways to minimize the risk, whether you use smartphone, tablet or laptop. Public WiFi is not extremely inconvenient, but protection is definitely an issue. Below is explanations of how to stay safe on public WiFi networks.
Choose network wisely.
If you are in a public place that offers free WiFi, make sure to verify the name of the network with staff before connecting. After getting the network’s name, you have to turn off file sharing and mark the WiFi connection as a public network. In Windows OS, Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change Advanced Sharing Settings and turn off the file sharing toggle. You can activate Windows Firewall at Control Panel > Windows Firewall.
Use a VPN.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one of the best way to make your browsing activity safe. VPN service will encrypts your data which means it will be much more difficult for an intruder to sniff your data.
SecurityKiss is a free VPN access with data limited to 300MB/day.
CyberGhost is another option for free and paid version.
How to stay safe on public wifi networks with looking for HTTPS
Look for HTTPS.
Forget the network if you done using the service.
For Windows, Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center and click on the network name and then uncheck Connect automatically when this network is in range.
On Mac, go to System preferences, network and under WiFi section click Advanced. Uncheck Remember networks this computer has joined.
In Android, go to your WiFi network list, search the network name and select forget network.