Starbucks To Offer Free Wi-Fi Nationwide: 12 Security Tips

Starting July 1, you’ll be able to enjoy free, one-click, unlimited Wi-Fi at all company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States. What does that mean? It means:

  • Free – no Starbucks Card required
  • One-Click – no username or password needed
  • Unlimited – no 2-hour restriction

12 Security Tips When Using Public Hotspots

  • Use the windows update application to install the latest operating system patches.  
  • Install/enable anti-virus software.
  • Disable file and printer sharing for your laptop
  • Encrypt your files for additional protection
  • Avoid the risk of sending sensitive information over public Wi-Fi. 
  • Use https:// when passing sensitive information over the web (the “s” stands for secure in https://). Although https:// provides added security nothings is 100% like good security practices. 
  • Avoid surfing the web with system administrator account for example if you inadvertently clicked a malicious link while using your system administrator account your account will have permissions to install unwanted software onto your laptop.  To avoid this use a regular user account without system administrator privileges.    
  • Leaving laptops, iPads, and other electronic devices unattended could result in theft. 
  • Enable firewall for machine.
  • Connect to legitimate access points and avoid access points with similar names.  Speak with a representative of the establishment for the correct access point name.  
  • When you are not using the wireless card turn it off or disable it.
  • Shoulder surfers are the ones looking over your shoulder to try and steal your password.  Sit in a corner or with your back against the wall to make it difficult for someone to gather information from your screen or keystrokes.

Practice good security habits and keep your information safe. 

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