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Protecting yourself on public Wi-Fi

Posted at 9:25 AM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 09:25:25-05

In today’s mobile universe, working from home often means a home away from home –– using public WiFi.

Consumer Reports says that there are a few things you can do to keep your data safer:

  • Make sure your firewall is turned on. It’s the first line of defense against viruses and malware
  • Turn off settings like ‘network discovery’ and file sharing’ –– that will make it more difficult for people near you to see your data
  • Set up automatic updates on your devices –– and always install them when they’re offered to you
  • Consider using a virtual private network, or V-P- N.

Every adjustment can make a difference, according to Consumer Reports.