Mar 12, 2014

What type of activities should be avoided when using public Wi-Fi?

When using my laptop or tablet with public WiFi, say at a coffee shop, what types of things should be avoided? I don’t do any banking, for example, but am I just being paranoid? How can I safely use public WiFi?

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Banking would be at the top of my list, followed by logging onto pretty much any account. Making purchases would be on the list, don’t want to share my credit card and personal info. That being said, I don’t think it is being paranoid, but Man in the Middle attacks over public WiFi is pretty rare. It could happen, but you’d be pretty unlucky for it to happen to you.

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