How to be safer on public Wi-Fi

If you work from home, you know that sometimes you just need to get out of the house. Working from a public place may be exactly what you need to stay on task, but how can you make sure your data is safe when you’re abroad? There is no substitute for using your own secure Wi-Fi when it comes to privacy, but there are a few steps you can take to give your data the best possible chance of reaching its destination without disturbance.

Find out who is hosting it

One of the first and perhaps the most important steps is to make sure that you know who is hosting the Wi-Fi hotspot you are using. For example, if you are calling a coffee shop, there will often be a sign with the Wi-Fi name and password setting. You can also ask the host or operator if you are not sure. Some local stores may use daily alternating passwords to prevent people from stealing your connection.