Be aware of online threats when using public Wi-Fi hotspots
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:
- Stolen identity
- 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?
For more information about online threats, ways to protect yourself and other practical tips when using public Wi-Fi hotspots, view the ‘Your guide to public Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia’
The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.