How to be safe when using Wi-Fi

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Are you among the millions of Internet users who constantly connect through available Wi-Fi hotspots? Always be reminded that public Wi-Fi may not be safe for your device and personal data.

In a recent analysis, Kaspersky Lab has found that about 28% of over 31 million hotspots around the world (or one in every four hotspots) are unsecured, exposing your PC, device, and even sensitive data to serious risks. Unsecured online connection can compromise personal messages, passwords, files, and other confidential information and subject those to possible interceptions by cybercriminals or attackers.

Information from the Kaspersky Security Network reveals that those risky Wi-Fi hotspots do not have password protection or necessary encryption. Thus, all data transmitted over those networks could be out and open, waiting to be accessed by unscrupulous parties. While other hotspots use Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) for data encryption, that protocol could still be easily ‘cracked’ using tools that are readily available online.

No absolute safety
The remaining 72% of the world’s hotpots are using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), a more reliable form of encryption. But still, such networks are not absolutely safe as hackers can still possibly get through especially if the passwords are weak or are instantly disseminated.

Moreover, non-encrypted Wi-Fi hotspots in popular establishments and tourist destinations are equally risky, making customers and travelers as vulnerable targets of attackers. Thus, there is no reason to completely rave about instant and fast Wi-Fi connections in any location or destination.

Safety tips
This is why you should be more particularly concerned about your overall online security whenever you are connecting to the Internet, whether via Wi-Fi or even cellular data. Here are the most effective tips to ensure safety every time you connect through hotspots.

1. Refrain from using hotspots that do not require passwords. Also be more careful when using Wi-Fi with weak passwords, which are shared to other users. It is like entering a room full of thieves and criminals that can instantly make you a helpless victim.

2. Do not open email messages coming from unknown sources. Beware because it could also be possible that some of your personal contacts could also be sending emails that come with malware. This happens even without them being aware that their email accounts are already spreading malware. The subject line of every message could give away hints so think before you click.

3. Invest in and install a reliable cybersecurity or anti-virus protection on your PC or device. The most recommended of which is the new Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2017.

“Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2017 is equipped with new features designed to protect Filipino and their devices,” said Anthony Chua, Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia’s Territory Channel Manager for the Philippines and Singapore.

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iSecure Networks Sales and Marketing Manager Marilen Young and Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia Territory Channel Manager for the Philippines and Singapore Anthony Chua during the media launch of Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2017

Enhanced safety features
The latest version of the security solution for consumers is now available in the country and in the region. As a software designed for the whole family, Kaspersky Lab Internet Security 2017 can protect online users, whether they are using Windows, Mac, or Android. It shields PCs and devices against malware, unauthorized online tracking, dangerous websites, and fraud.

The newest iteration of the product features a number of new or enhanced functions. Secure Connection prevents interception, making it a necessity when you are doing online purchase transactions, transferring confidential information, or logging into any account.

Software Updater takes care of safe updates of applications directly from vendor sites. The Software Cleaner scans all applications and identifies those that pose risks. It will also expose hidden applications that have been installed in your system without your knowledge. You can opt to remove or set aside questionable applications to ensure overall security.

To learn more about this solution, visit www.kaspersky.com.

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