The Essentials

Tips for Public Wi-Fi Usage

With more of us starting to travel, the tendency is to forget the risks associated with using public Wi-Fi. It’s really all about what you do to pre-set your phone.


First, make sure your phone doesn’t auto join to unprotected Wi-Fi in your settings.


If you’re at a restaurant, instead of logging on to its free Wi-Fi, ask if there’s a password protected option. If not, using your data may be your safest option.


If you absolutely must get on public Wi-Fi, a virtual private network or VPN can encrypt your information for a small monthly fee, starting at about $5 a month.


A VPN encrypts your data by routing your information through a private server rather than through Wi-Fi or an internet provider. It provides an essential safety net wherever and whenever you travel.