Be aware of online threats when using public Wi-Fi hotspots
Alert Priority Moderate
29 September 2015
Australians love their public Wi-Fi Hotspots— in the three months to 30 June 2015, almost 4.23 million Australians went online using a public Wi-Fi hotspot.
But did you know that a public Wi-Fi hotspot is not necessarily secure from potential online threats? These include:
Hackers accessing your private information
Risks to your personal and physical safety
Malware being downloaded to your device
Your credit card, banking or log-in details being stolen.
To help you be fully informed when using these convenient services, Stay Smart Online and the Australian Communications and Media Authority have released a short practical guide and infographic, with useful tips and general information about public Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia.
For example, key tips to help protect you from online threats when using public Wi-Fi hotspots include:
Use password-protected hotspots
Only use secure connections
Turn off file sharing and location services
Consider using a Virtual Private Network
Connect to the intended Wi-Fi hotspot
Turn on your firewall and virus scanner
Other useful topics covered in the guide are:
What is a public Wi-Fi hotspot?
What are the major types of public Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia?
What types of access are offered at public Wi-Fi hotspots?
What can I do at a public Wi-Fi hotspot?
How do I find a public Wi-Fi hotspot?
How do I connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot?
How can I make a complaint about a public Wi-Fi hotspot?