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10 Security Tips to Protect Yourself Against Interception

In this article, we will discuss 10 security tips that you must know to protect yourself against interception while surfing online. While it may seem like fearmongering, detailing the ways in which data can be intercepted, it is sadly a real-world fact. Public Wi-fi, hotspots, and free access points are the banes of the security industry. Thankfully, there are ways in which you can protect yourself.

Despite the different and varied ways a hacker can gain access to your inbound and outbound data, there are means by which you can protect yourself. Here are ten tips to help you protect your data from being intercepted.

No Transactions on Public Wi-Fi

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No Transactions on Public Wi-Fi

Not all public Wi-Fi access points are haves for nefarious hackers but that does not mean you should let your guard down. Every security software and firewall in the world can not help you if you are savvy when it comes to information security. If you are going to use public Wi-Fi, do not use it for banking or other highly personal detail transaction.

Beware of Fake Wi-Fi Access Points

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Beware of Fake Wi-Fi Access Points

It may not always be possible to spot an Evil Twin fake Wi-Fi access point. It is often best to double-check with members of staff, if it is a cafe, airport, restaurant, or similar, that the Wi-Fi you are connecting to is actually theirs and not one that is being spoofed. Avoid Wi-Fi names likes ‘Free Wi-Fi Here’ or similar.

Beware of Fake Website

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Beware of Fake Website

Always double-check a website for spelling errors, older logos, or anything else that may raise an alarm. If your banking website looks even remotely different from you last used it, try and avoid logging into it until you get a more secure internet location.

Keep Anti-Virus updated

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Keep Anti-Virus updated

Ensure you use the latest antivirus and anti-malware definitions for your security client. if you are going to use public Wi-Fi, make sure you are up to date prior to leaving, especially airport Wi-Fi points, and that the client is in good working order.

Always use HTTPS

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Always use HTTPS

Always use HTTPS to access any website. This means that the information and data packets will be sent and received in an encrypted form and will make it exceedingly difficult for a hacker to decipher them. If possible, use an add-on such as HTTPS Everyone for your browser of choice.

No Network Sharing on Public Wi-Fi

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No Network Sharing on Public Wi-Fi

Turn off file sharing when you are using a public Wi-Fi access point. Whilst it is great to share your content on your home or work network, once you start using the network, your computer could start sharing that data with anyone who is also connected to the same network.

Turn-off Wi-Fi on your devices

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Turn off Wi-Fi on your devices

If you are not planning on using any public Wi-Fi points, then make sure that the Wi-Fi is turned off on your laptop, phone, tablet, and other devices you have on you. There are instances when a device can automatically attach to any available network unless otherwise told not to.

Using VPN on Public Wi-Fi

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Using VPN on Public Wi-Fi

Using VPN when accessing public Wi-Fi points is a fantastic way of protecting your data packets. They can still be intercepted but the VPN client encrypts all outgoing and incoming data with the highest possible levels, making it virtually impossible for hackers to decode.

Beware of Shoulder-Surfers

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Beware of Shoulder-Surfers

To avoid shoulder surfers, make sure that the area behind you is clear and enter a password, etc via your keyboard in the same way you would protect your card details in an ATM. Cover your keyboard as much as possible and make a point of looking around to make sure no one is watching you over your shoulder.

Use Two-Factor Authentication

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Use Two-Factor Authentication

If possible, always use a two-factor form of authentication. For example, some banks will utilize both logins from their website as well as a text sent with a unique code to a registered phone number. This way you ensure that the banking site is legitimate and a hacker can not go any further without the SMS ping sent by the bank.

Gulraeez Gulshan
Gulraeez Gulshan
I am an engineer, programmer, tech-savvy professional, and very passionate about the latest technologies for the modern web, mobile, cloud-native, machine learning, and network automation. I have a bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master's degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from a renowned university in Pakistan. I have not limited myself to a certain set of skills in this era where technology is in a state of flux; I have experience working with an extensive range of technologies and learning daily to update my skills and adapt to the latest technologies

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