Cyber Security Awareness Month: Connect with Care
Author: Office of Information Technology
Posted: October 18, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and throughout the month we’ll be sharing steps you can take to keep your personal data safe. This week we look at the dangers of public Wi-Fi.

Connect with care

Free public Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere, making it easier than ever to get online no matter where you are. But the convenience of public Wi-Fi can come with a price. You may be surprised to learn that when you use an unsecured wireless network connection (one that doesn't require a password to access), it is relatively easy for a cybercriminal to steal your personal information. In fact, some criminals even set up their own Wi-Fi hotspots for that express purpose.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when using public Wi-Fi:

  • Try to connect only to legitimate, secure Wi-Fi connections like the PSU Secure network.
  • If you have to use public Wi-Fi, avoid entering sensitive personal information such as banking account passwords.
  • Don't allow your device to automatically search for, and connect to, Wi-Fi hotspots. Even if you're not entering personal information while the device is connected, some of the apps on your device could be sending personal data back and forth without your approval.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect safely. A VPN makes it much harder for a third party to intercept your data.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to keep your devices secure! 

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