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Nine Things You Should Never Do While on a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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Nine Things You Should Never Do While on a Wi-Fi Hotspot

We all appreciate being able to stay connected when we are away from the office. Whether we are traveling for vacations, off-site meetings and other away-from-work excursions, we can still do so with a smile, serene in the knowledge that thanks to Wi-Fi hotspots, the Internet and e-mail are only a few clicks away.

But not so fast. These often-free Internet access ports can be found everywhere from airports and coffee shops to public libraries, gas stations, and hotels and they offer many benefits in terms of flexibility and improved productivity for Intel employees. But they are not all safe to use. There are serious security risks to company and personal data. If you’re not careful, you can leave your PC wide open to hackers and other cyber villains.

Here are some precautions to take whenever you access public Wi-Fi that can keep your computer and its information safe from unwanted eyes.

Check before you connect

Due to the number of locales offering Wi-Fi now (approximately 75,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in the U.S. and 300,000 worldwide by the start of 2011), a routine connection attempt from your local hotspot may bring up a half dozen (or more) possible networks. Be extremely cautious here—hackers often set up networks with names such as Free Wi-Fi Hotspot to nab unsuspecting users. In addition, a legit public Wi-Fi site will ask you to log on to a Web page before you can complete the connection. If the network or Web page doesn’t match your locale—such as a generic Free Wi-Fi Here page from your favorite coffee shop site—confirm the site name with someone at your location, preferably an employee. Better yet, have that person connect you.

Read the full Nine Things You Should Never Do While on a Wi-Fi Hotspot Technology Tips Paper.