1. VPN

Any time you are on public Wi-Fi, you should use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to ensure no one can access your private information. It’s like you’re making sure no one is looking over your virtual shoulder. A VPN provides increased security by encrypting all data sent to and from your computer. Using a VPN is especially important when visiting websites that contain confidential information, such as banking websites.

As a Texas A&M student, you can use the university's VPN to access the Texas A&M Network from off campus. Learn more about connecting to the Texas A&M VPN.

2. What’s in a network’s name?

Beware of the "Evil Twin." Confirm the exact spelling of the Wi-Fi network before connecting and do not configure your device to auto-connect to new Wi-Fi hotspots. This will help you avoid slightly misspelled fakes.

3. Skip shopping on public Wi-Fi

Avoid typing credit card numbers or other sensitive financial information. Do your online banking or shopping at home, not while on public Wi-Fi.

4. “S” means secure

Remember "S" for security. If you do access a page that requires a login and password, make sure the web site uses "https" not just "http." You can easily check this in the address bar of your web browser when you go to a site. Https sites encrypt or convert information into the code to protect the information you may send or receive. But be careful! Some sites drop "https" after you log in, leaving you totally exposed.

5. Lose the internet

Disconnect from the wireless connection when working on files that don't require an Internet connection.