Ways to Keep a Mobile Internet Connection Secure

Keeping a hotspot connection secure is a main concern for Internet users as even many businesses are using hotspots for Internet access. Hotspots are free wireless networks that can be accessed by anyone in close proximity to the transmitter. These are unsecure meaning no WEP or WPA passwords or encryptions are being used. This makes sense for simple and non-personal information transfers but, can present a problem when dealing with sensitive work material or private data that needs to remain private. A few steps can be taken by hotspot users to protect their personal data while using a hotspot.
First and foremost is the use of a personal firewall although this should be a common practice regardless of the access point being used. A firewall will protect a user form others on the hotspot network from accessing their computer and using or uploading files. In addition the file sharing feature should be turned off; this can be done on any operating system and should be done every time a hotspot is being used for Internet access. While file sharing is a useful tool at home or the office, it can be detrimental when using a public or free hotspot location; anyone with knowledge of file sharing can steal or install files to the public folder on a user’s Internet device leaving them open to viruses and malware.
Any function of a browser to save and populate passwords for web sites and personal information like banking accounts should be turned off. An end user should consider not accessing any credit card or financial sites while on a hotspot regardless of the security steps they have taken. This will limit the accessibility of their personal information by anyone on the hotspot network. Find the location of the “remember me passwords” function typically located in the “tools” menu of a browser and turn it off. To ensure further security, if a webmail based email system is being used, find the most secure connection for the site. In most cases it will be an https connection. The “s” ensures an SSL certificate of security and is used on ecommerce sites for security practices.
The simplest and easiest way of obtaining secure access to free and commercial hotspots is through a wireless broadband Internet provider like MobilityPass. By using their secure connections users can access the Internet from public hotspots with the knowledge that their privacy is secure. In more than 90 countries a client of MobilityPass will be able to surf, pay bills, check investments and access company databases with no fear of being compromised. This includes hotspots in cafes, hotels, airports, trains and even airplanes; in fact over 100,000 hotspots are available to the MobilityPass subscriber for fast, free and secure Wi-Fi hotspot Internet access. Virtual private networking is included with the MobilityPass plans securing the connection even further. VPNs are considered to be the only way to fully secure a hotspot connection and customers receive this in their service from MobilityPass as well as confidentiality, security and privacy.

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