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Don’t forget to turn on a VPN when using open wifi connections (IT)

Doing some work at the local coffee shop and hopping on their free wifi sounds like a great deal until you think of the dangers of opening your laptop or mobile device to an open network. Wifi hacking is a prevalent, but avoidable, problem. When a device connects to an unprotected internet connection, the device immediately becomes vulnerable to infiltration. This often happens without the user even knowing! Once the hacker accesses the device, they can see any data being viewed, including confidential information like credit card numbers and bank account logins.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you can’t have your latte and drink it while surfing the internet, too. Install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) onto your device before accessing an open wifi to keep your information safe. There are even free ones like CyberGhost (https://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en_US/) that are reputable and effective. With readily available and affordable protection there’s no reason not to keep your data safe when using an open network.

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