Public WiFi Security: 9 Steps to Protect Yourself

Love free public WiFi? The chance to save your phone plan, or maybe just connect the laptop or tablet and get a little work done with good coffee and no distractions – sounds great! Unfortunately, #hackers also love free WiFi, and with instances of #CyberCrime continuing to rise we all must protect ourselves. Even if you do not use free WiFi, you and your device will pass through public and private WiFi signals every day. Everyone should know these 9 steps for public WiFi security – read on, and be sure to share this information with your family and friends to help them stay informed and protected.

Switch off WiFi when you aren’t using it

If you’re in range of a public WiFi network (shopping centres, coffee shops, libraries, public and transport hubs will almost always have them) and not specifically using it – disable the WiFi on your device to be hidden and prevent cybercriminals from snooping.

Turn on your firewall

Both Windows and Mac OS offer basic firewall protection, and while they are not nearly as secure as fully-featured paid solutions, they offer some defence against attackers. Your

In Windows, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall.

On a Mac go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall.

Learn to recognise secured vs. unsecured WiFi

Unsecured WiFi, public or otherwise, should always be avoided. For the highest security, use your mobile data connection or wait until you are able to use a secured network elsewhere.

Secured WiFi requires you to enter some credentials – a username and password provided by the coffee shop or airline or library, perhaps your email or contact details. Some will require you to register for a username.

Remember: the word “secured” does not mean that using it is safe. It is only confirming that the connection between your device and the network is secured.

Be a Smart Browser

Our individual habits are the biggest defence against – or vulnerability to – cyber criminals. Set up 2-Step Authentication wherever it is offered, especially for email, banking, and social media. Take a look at this helpful video from Google about 2-Step Authentication.

Always use strong passwords containing numbers, upper, and lowercase letters. For an easy way to create strong, easy to remember passwords, click here.

Don’t use public WiFi for anything financial

No internet banking, no online shopping. And absolutely no filling out forms of personal data on public WiFi. Use your phone’s data plan if you must make any financial transactions, or complete any form asking for personal data.

HTTPS Secure website with padlock icon

Secure websites show HTTPS and the padlock icon in the address bar

 

Look for the S and the padlock

If you look in the address bar of your Internet browser (where you type a website address like www.anytech365.com, for example), you will see either http:// or https:// at the beginning of the website address. That S means “Secure”. HTTPS is the industry standard protocol for secure communication over the Internet. In plain English, it is the normal way to secure any communications between computers, phones, and other devices talk to each other via the Internet.

Checking that the websites that you visit are using this secure and encrypted protocol; it dramatically reduces the possibility of your personal data being intercepted between you and the website you are visiting. HTTPS sites will also show a small padlock icon in the address bar.

Keep your system and apps updated

Microsoft, Apple, Android, and iOS all receive regular security updates and improvements, and so does the vast majority of software installed on your PC. Almost all software available today will have the option to automatically update itself. Hackers are constantly trying to find vulnerabilities, and developers constantly update and improve and protect their products against those vulnerabilities.

Make sure your system and apps are set to automatically update, and click “Yes” to install any updates which your operating system, antivirus, other security software, or your Internet browser advises you to install or update.

Turn off file and printer sharing

At home or at work, the ability to share files and printers is useful, and the network should have been secured by a professional already. On a public network, this allows remote logins from other devices in the same network.

In Windows, go to Control Panel > Network and the Internet > Network and Sharing Center. In the left pane, choose Change advanced sharing settings then find the File and Printer Sharing section and select Turn off file and printer sharing.

Use a VPN

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, creates a nearly-unbreakable and secure connection between your device and the Internet, encrypting all traffic. Using a VPN even at home has many benefits, but in public, it makes you an almost impossible target for hackers. A high quality and secure VPN will usually cost a subscription fee – a worthwhile investment if you value your privacy and protecting your data online.

There you have it – 9 simple steps to public WiFi security. If you would like help with any of these security tips, or if you have any other PC or Internet related problems, concerns, or questions we would love to help give you peace of mind and help resolve any issues. We offer technical support in 13 languages, and we’re ready to help you – click here to get in touch.

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Janus Rægaard Nielsen

CEO

Danish IT entrepreneur with a strong management background gained from over 20 years in the IT Consumer & Security Industry. Extremely tenacious and driven, he has been a Manager and Vice President in American Fortune 500 IT Companies for over 15 years.

Founder of MySecurityCenter, one of today’s leading European Internet Security companies, with millions of users.

In 2013, he founded Anytech365. As a part of AnyTechCorp, which is a state of the art Call Center specializing in communication with private consumers and small business, Anytech365 is solely focused on IT, PC and internet Help and Support.

In 2016, he launched ReimageTech, to channel their new partnership with the Reimage Group.

His companies currently employ more than 150 people from 15 different nationalities in two different offices in the Costa del Sol (Marbella, Spain).

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Eric Bertin

Director of Operations

Eric has been with the company since late 2015 and quickly blended in well with the company’s mission and vision.

He has gone through the ranks, starting in the French sales department, where he became one of the best performers.

His good results granted him a promotion to French Team Manager. It was his success during his stint as a manager what got him another promotion. From Feb 2017 he’s regarded as Director of Operations. In his new role, he oversees a team of more than 130 people between sales representatives, customer support agents and managers.

His previous work experience features high profile jobs at big companies like Unilever, Shiseido, Puig as regional, sales director and commercial director. He’s also run his very own Real Estate business in France with huge success.

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Tomas Niedermayir

IT Manager

Having worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years around the globe, Tom gathered experience and certifications in various fields of the IT world, including server landscapes and infrastructure, development tasks and leadership skills. Due to his engagements in various countries, he also had the opportunity to work on many challenges including having operated his own enterprises with up to 20 employees. Some of them he was able to successfully sell, before moving to seek new goals.

He got employed with AnyTech365 early in 2016, having taken up the management of the IT department with its international team of 12 administrators, web and app developers and phone system operators, to the end of the same year. He’s involved in dealing with daily operations such as infrastructure and software development as well as being in charge of most of the finance analytics.

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Juan Salazar

General Manager and Shareholder

Juan is been working with CEO Janus Nielsen since 2006. They met in a furniture store in Costa del Sol-Marbella where Juan was working and Janus was looking to get some ideas for an Interior Design Project for his house. Juan was allocated to Janus’s project and soon after they became good friends.

Shortly, Juan was offered to join the highly acclaimed MYSecurityCenter; Janus’s first successful online business in Spain. With no previous experience in the online world, Juan was trained directly by CEO Janus Nielsen, this turned out to be highly beneficial for Juan and business since the company grew tremendously in a very short period of time.

From then on, Juan has worked very hard to make be in the current position he currently holds; General Manager and PA to CEO Janus Nielsen. Together, they’ve also built up other successful businesses from scratch.

10 years later, Juan remains best friends with Janus. He’s also the Godfather of one of Janus’ children, William.

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Najib Tifaf

Academy Training Manager

Najib began his career with the company in October 2016. With experience in big French companies, particularly in the field of IT, he was particularly inspired by the vision of the company and its managers. He began by working with the French sales team where his performance exceeded the most optimistic expectations.

His results and desire to contribute to the success of the company granted him management functions. Ever since April, Najib has now become a Manager. His role is to make sure the French Team reaches its goals and he’s also in charge of helping with long term strategic procedures and employee training.

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Marianne Mhitaryan

HR Manager

Marianne started in the company March 2017 as an HR manager to develop the newly created HR department to meet the increasing demand of structure with in the sector and management.

Marianne has vast experience in business over the years in Sweden from having own companies within import/export and trading with Russia, various management positions in Hotel, Real Estate and outsourcing companies both in Sweden and in Costa del Sol. Been based in Moscow for longer periods for business purposes.

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Paul Masdoua

French Sales Manager

Paul is native of Paris and is 27 years old. He has a very strong sales background despite his young age. His journey on Anytech365 began as a sales rep in December 2015. From the very beginning, he quickly understood the vision of the company. He was quickly promoted to French manager assistant, to later become the French Team sales manager.

He is in now charge of a team of more than 25 French sales reps that continues to grow every single day.

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Georgi Medzhidiliev

Chief Compliance Officer

Georgi has been with the company since late 2014 and has gone through the ranks, starting in the Danish sales team, before moving to Customer Support as a junior technician and shortly after - as a senior technician. In October of 2016, he was promoted to Customer Support Manager and has been acting in this capacity until recently. In September 2017, Georgi was appointed Chief Compliance Officer.

He oversees our Compliance and risk management operation together with a team of ten. Georgi has a B.A, in English and holds an M.A. in American Studies and Political Science from the University of Southern Denmark and Ohio University. Prior to joining us, Georgi has been actively involved in political campaign management in the US.

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Antonio Moreno Lewis

Marketing Manager

Antonio has been with Anytech365 for over a year in charge of the marketing department. As a marketing manager, Antonio develops and manages digital marketing campaigns, utilizing a range of techniques including paid search, SEO, and PPC

He Oversees the social media strategy for the company and manages the online brand and product campaigns to raise brand awareness. In addition, he also is in charge of the entire email communication with clients and leads.

For the last 10 years, he’s been an Internet marketing consultant, has helped along the way hundreds of businesses increase their sales and revenues.

He owned a US based corporation which manufactured supplements that lead people to better health and better lives, and an online marketing agency that covered a wide range of services, from traffic generation to conversion.

He owns a BA in Marketing and Advertising at European Institute of Marketing and Communication (Madrid). When he’s not working, he also teaches a social media marketing module in an MBA school in Málaga. (Vertice.org).

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Silvana Scibetta

Sales Training

Silvana has started in the Company in 2015 as a sales agent. In December 2016 she became Manager of the Italian and Spanish sales teams. In the last few months, she moved to the new Academy department as a trainer/facilitator.

She has an extended experience as a Business analyst and trainer having worked for several years for multinational companies as General Electric and Varian Medical Systems where she trained up to 1200 end users in more than 15 countries around the world.

Silvana has an M.A in psychology and coaching from the University of Bologna and various degrees in training and business analysis.

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Lola Denis

Spanish/Italian Sales Manager

Lola's the youngest member of our Management team. She joined anytech365 in January 2017 as a sales rep in the French Team, where she quickly became their most successful sales member.

In May, she got promoted to assistant Manager on the Spanish Team as she also speaks fluent Spanish. In June, she was promoted to Sales Manager to the Italian and Spanish team where she oversees a team of 15 people.

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Mathieu Harduin

Customer Support Manager

Mathieu is French, native from Paris, started in the company 2015 as a sales agent. He was later transferred to Support department in early 2016 as a technician. In Sept 2016, as he was picked by the entire Support staff, he was promoted to Assistant Manager. In Sept 2017 he became Support Manager.

He oversees a growing team of over 50 technicians of different nationalities based in two offices and is in charge of ensuring they provide the absolute best service and technical help to our customers.

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