On Your Side: How to Protect Yourself on Public WiFi

News 19's digital producer Roshanda Pratt shares 4 ways to protect your identity and phone when online.

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- In today’s mobile universe, working from home often means a home away from home- using public WiFi. Consumer Reports says that there are a few things you can do to keep your data safer.

  • Make sure your firewall is turned on. It’s the first line of defense against viruses and malware.
  • Turn off settings like ‘network discovery’ and file sharing’ –– that will make it more difficult for people near you to see your data.
  • Set up automatic updates on your devices –– and always install them when they’re offered to you.
  • Consider using a virtual private network, or V-P- N.

Every adjustment can make a difference, according to Consumer Reports. We're on your side with a compiled list with input from dozens of security experts. 


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