Most cafes and restaurants offer free public WIFI, which is great, but did you know that free public WIFI is not a secure network, which means that it is easier for hackers to steal information or launch malicious attacks against you. You can still use public WIFI, just be careful with the sites that you visit while on it. Any site that doesn’t require you to do a transaction or send personal information should be fine.
Almost everything online requires you to register and create a password. Yes, it’s annoying but it’s also crucial to protecting your personal information and identity online. Things to remember when creating passwords:
1. The more unique and complex, the better it is!
2. Use upper and lower case alphabets, throw in some numbers, and even symbols.
3. Avoid information related to yourself like birthdays, pet names, spouse name etc
4. Best to use something that only you know and is easy for you to remember.
5. Never use the same password on different sites, or share your password.
6. Change your password once or twice a year especially those related to banking.
Before making any sort of financial transaction online like purchasing tickets or banking, take note of the URL to determine whether or not the site is encrypted.
You will see HTTPS in the URL bar of your browser, and a small green lock, which will provide you with the site information when you mouse over and click on it (as illustrated in the image above)
When you see both, you can be sure that the site is encrypted and trusted. This means that your name, phone number, address, credit card details are safe.
If you don’t see these, it means that the website you’re viewing is not encrypted, and you should be cautious about the kind of information you send via the website.