Staying Safe While Using Public WiFi

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Staying Safe While Using Public WiFi: Having consistent, reliable internet is a wonderful thing. FreedomNet customers are able to take advantage of wireless Internet in rural Michigan for residential and business use. But as nice as it is to be able to watch a Netflix video in the comfort of your own home, we all eventually have to go out into the real world, and in many instances, you want to be able to take your internet connectivity with you. Government and private institutions have been increasing the availability of public wifi for some time now, and its prevalence is now beyond just the local coffee shop down the road. Many food chains like McDonald’s, Subway, IHOP, and Applebee’s now all have free wifi for customers to use. Even retailers like Best Buy, Target, Whole Foods, and Apple Stores also provide free wifi. It is now more unusual to find a hotel that doesn’t offer wifi service, although expect to have to pay a small fee for the premium wifi reserved for business travelers. Larger cities like New York even offer free wifi on public transportation. In need of a wifi location but can’t find one? Try using any number of free apps like OpenSignal or WifiMap that show the nearest public wifi hotspots.

keep in mind that public wifi is open and available to everyone, so that can increase the likelihood of external threats targeting you. For starters, if a public wifi connection asks you for information to access the internet, it would be a good idea to check the terms and conditions since they are a good way for a business to get unwilling customers to give up contact information that they can use for targeted advertising. Related to that, you may also want to check your email inbox if you had to provide an email address to make sure spam messages are not suddenly being sent to you. Other steps can include using a VPN to shield your real-time Internet usage and only going to sites that have a green padlock next to the web address deeming that it is known to be safe to use. And finally, it’s a good idea to be judicious with what sites you go to when using public wifi. That means waiting to till you get home to a secure network to access financial or personal information that can be otherwise be compromised.

If you live in a rural part of Michigan and are interested in finding more information about providers available to you, feel free to fill out a Contact Us form, or call our offices at 866.669.4737 ext. 2 and speak with a sales representative. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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