Dangers of public Wi-Fi
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.