Public Wi-Fi networks are often exploited by malicious actors seeking access to your sensitive data. For this reason, it’s critical that you remain aware of common Wi-Fi scam tactics and the best practices for safely connecting to and using public Wi-Fi. Some common topics to keep in mind? Make sure you're connecting to the establishment's official public Wi-Fi and not a scammer's knock off network.

Read the Download, NYU IT's Newsletter: Public Wi-Fi: Proceed with Caution,

  • Use a virtual private network (VPN) whenever you’re using public Wi-Fi, this will encrypt everything you do on public Wi-Fi. Log into a VPN as soon as you connect
  • Never access any sensitive sites when connected to public Wi-Fi—and never send any financial or banking information over public Wi-Fi
  • Learn about Wi-Fi scam tactics and behavior to avoid
  • Discover best practices when using public Wi-Fi