We talk a lot about safety and that's because, while browsing the web is generally safe, there's a few things that people sometimes take for granted. Such as being in a hotel and just clicking on the guest WIFI. This may not seem like a big issue, but when connecting to a public network there are some things to keep in mind:
- Don't access sensitive information (i.e. your bank)
- Don't enter sensitive information (i.e. credit card or social security number)
- Use a VPN if possible
The reason we make these recommendations is because of how easy it is to be hacked. For instance, at a recent hacker's conference, a group a hackers showed just how easy it is to access someone else's computer. Essentially, they setup a fake guest network at the hotel as a test. Someone was told about that the group was going to try to hack their computer and asked to go about their normal process. They actually logged into the fake network... By the end of the day, the hackers had the persons social security and credit card number, as well as their room number at the hotel.
What does all of this mean? Simply put, be careful and use common sense practices when connecting to the internet.