7 Things You Need To Remember When Using Free WIFI

If you don't have data on your cell (I never have never will) then free Wi-Fi is something that is exciting to find while out and about! There are a few things you really have to remember when it comes to using free Wi-Fi to ensure your funds stay right where they belong in your bank account! 

The ultimate way to protect your credit card and bank card information is to not use free Wi-Fi at all for these 2 things. 

1. Use a VPN - Virtual Private Network. Keep your IP hidden by using a VPN so websites online see that IP not your own. There are many free options for this too.

2. Never click remember the network. Almost off of our devices offer to remember and connect us to networks we have used before, like the Tim Horton's on the corner. Scammers and hackers can create their own access point with the same name and steal your info and could even get into your financial accounts.

3. Antivirus - Always have an anti-virus program to protect you. There are many very reliable ones that are free, just do some research and pick one that works best for you and your needs.

4. Check the URL in the address bar -  When you visit a website look up at the address bar and make sure it matches the website. If you are trying to get to PayPal.com and the URL in the address bar says youwonpurses.xyz then you know this is not an authentic website.

5. Two-Stage authentication - If a Wi-Fi network has no actions that you need to take to get on it, like accepting terms like Walmart's Wi-Fi requests it is probably a fraudulent one. Use Wi-Fi hot spots that ask for a two-stage authentication which sends you a text with a code. This will prevent scammers from duplicating the network and gaining access to your information.

6. Using a safe connection- Not all websites run on https:// which is a secure connection even though they very well may be a safe and secure site. When you need to enter personal information having a https:// connection is best. If you want all your websites you visit to be secure you can install the HTTPS Everywhere extension. It is compatible with most browsers.

7. Passwords Encryption  - Even with the many warnings about not writing down passwords and keeping passwords on our devices we sometimes tend to do it. Consider using a password manager to store your passwords safely. 
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