Top 10 Tips For Protecting Yourself At Hot Spots

From the Grafdom web site:

[E]very time you connect at a hotspot, you’re asking for trouble. Hotspots are open networks that don’t use encryption, which invites hacking and snooping. In addition, when you’re on a hotspot you’re connected to the same network as your fellow hotspot users, they can potentially weasel their way onto your PC and inflict damage.

But don’t let that deter you from connecting. There’s plenty you can do to keep yourself safe at hotspots. Just follow these ten tips.

  1. Disable Wi-Fi ad-hoc mode

  2. Use a wireless Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  3. Use an encrypted USB flash drive.
  4. Use a personal firewall.
  5. Turn off file sharing.
  6. Make sure the hotspot is a legitimate one.
  7. Disable or remove your wireless adapter if you’re working offline.
  8. Use email encryption.
  9. Look over your shoulder.
  10. Don’t leave your laptop alone.

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