Think Twice Before Going Public

Everyone seems to be glued to their phones these days. It’s a marvellous thing, to be able to access the internet on the hoof, whether that’s for work or for entertainment. But you should always think twice before going public with free wi-fi.

It’s a given these days that we all have business meetings in pubs and coffee shops. It doesn’t just get you out of the office, meeting in the middle of two locations is much more convenient and cuts down on wasted travelling time.

Don’t forget – Think Twice Before Going Public

You might use your laptop or tablet to demonstrate a point, show a colleague the latest information, or check over an email. But you should ALWAYS avoid accessing email, social networks and online banking using public wi-fi.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cybercrime. They recommend that that you should always use your own mobile data services in public places.

Rich Pickings

Public wi-fi hotspots might be convenient but they also provide rich pickings for criminals.

They can easily access your device, stealing passwords, personal information and using them to commit fraud and/or cybercrime. Don’t forget that the passwords are shared, so anyone nearby can easily hop onto the free network and see what you’re doing.

There’s a handy infographic with more guidance on the Europol website. Find it at this link

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