There are a couple of things you can do to protect yourself when you are using an open wifi hotspot:
- The simplest thing to do is to not send any private personal information over the internet when you are at a public hot spot. By not sending any private data, you don't even need to worry if your browser and the website and taking care to protect your data.
- If you do access sites such as shopping or banking or anywhere you need a password to login, make sure that the website is using a secure connection. You can tell if the connection is secure by looking at the very beginning of the web address. If it starts https:// rather than http:// (notice the additional "s") you have a secure connection. You will also see a padlock icon at the top right of the Safari window. Many websites will use a secure connection when you log in (sending your password) but then not use a secure connection for sending most of its data. Keep an eye out for that extra "s" or the padlock icon anytime you are sending private personal information across the internet.