Security risks associated with Public Wi-Fi can be minimised by:

Using a VPN connection

Any data you send via RMIT’s myDesktop service is encrypted and sent through RMIT’s servers, passing onto the web. This means that only garbled data would be intercepted if your Wi-Fi was compromised. There is also a level of anonymity too as direct communication with the web is through RMIT’s servers.

Using SSL connections

Enable the ‘Always Use HTTPS’ option on your frequently visited websites or anytime a site is requiring you to enter login/password credentials. 

Turning off ‘Sharing’

Turn off sharing via the Control Panel or System Preferences or choose the ‘Public’ option when you connect (depending on your operating system).

Turning ‘Wi-Fi off’ when it’s not required

The Wi-Fi hardware in your computer is still transmitting data between any network within range, even without an active network connection. This will help safe your battery life too.

Avoiding accessing any sensitive data or information

Save important transactions such as banking and financial payments for trusted networks.  

The risks of using public Wi-Fi may compromise your login information, intercept sensitive information, resulting in bandwidth and network data theft and/or illegal usage of your information. The biggest threat is having a hacker in effect sit between you and the connection point and have visibility and access to everything you do. This may be emails, credit card details, holiday details etc. Take onboard our precaution measures above and help keep your data secure.