Public Wi-Fi spots are everywhere these days. They’re convenient, especially when you’re on the go, but they could also leave your information vulnerable. Norman Thoms, HSB’s innovation technical expert, outlines three ways to help you stay safe.

Avoid accessing confidential information
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When connected to public Wi-Fi, don’t log onto banking or similar apps, and don’t use apps or sites that involve personal, sensitive or confidential data. That goes for email too.

Beware of who’s ‘listening’

Why? The danger of public Wi-Fi is that someone on that network may be ‘listening’ to the information and data streaming back and forth from your device. That data could potentially be used to access your accounts or other personal information.

Delete your profile when you’re done
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Just because you’ve logged on to a public Wi-Fi network doesn’t mean you want to every time you’re near it. Once you’ve finished using a network, make sure you log out and then delete the public Wi-Fi network from the list of networks on your phone or device.

If you don’t, your device could log on automatically next time you’re nearby, even when you don’t want it to. That puts you at risk for inadvertently sharing personal or confidential information.

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© The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada. All rights reserved. This article is for informational purposes only. All recommendations are general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive or complete, nor are they designed to replace information or instructions from the manufacturer of your equipment. Contact your equipment service representative or manufacturer with specific questions. Under no circumstances shall BI&I or any party involved in creating or delivering this article be liable for any loss or damage that results from the use of the information or images contained in or linked to in this article.

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