free public wifiWalk into any Starbucks, McDonald’s or the snack bar at the local public grocery store and you are certain to find people working on their laptops taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi these businesses offer. While this is a convenient (and free) way to access the web, it may not be the safest.

That’s because whenever you log onto a free Wi-Fi hot spot, you are using an unsecure connection. Everything you do – the sites you browse, the log-ins and passwords you type in, and the messages you send and receive – can easily be viewed by somebody with even the tiniest amount of hacking skills.

Free Wi-Fi is everywhere these days, making it incredibly handy. But to keep your information safe and your computer secure, it’s important that you be careful whenever you use it. Continue reading