Most people tend to work from remote, public locations a few times a week. If you’re akin to hanging out at your local Starbucks and prepping your sermon, you could be risking a data breach without really knowing it.

One of the most common ways that hackers can access your data is through a ‘man in the middle’ attack. The hacker finds a security flaw in the cafe or shopping center’s router, and exploits it to access the data that passes between you and the hub.

To reduce the chances of getting ‘man-in-the-middled’, you need to check whether the public network you want to use is secured or unsecured before you join it. A quarter of all public Wi-Fi hotspots are entirely unencrypted. So, only use networks that require a log-in and password.

But even the most secure-seeming public networks are targeted by hackers. So you can also improve security on your end, by avoiding signing in to sensitive websites (such as online banking) while away from home. If you must sign in on the go, try to maintain different passwords for each account you use, and always sign out when you’ve finished what you’re doing.

Public Wi-Fi is a precious resource! It’s great to have it around. But while nobody ‘expects’ to get hacked, millions are each year – so why not tune up your online security with our new guide to staying safe on public Wi-Fi?

The benefits of Wi-Fi-on-the-go only outweigh the risks until trouble strikes. With the right precautions, you can seriously reduce the chances of that happening.