Public Wi-Fi at first glance can appear to be a blessing. While the ability to connect to an unsecured Wi-Fi network may seem appealing, you may be exposing yourself to a barrage of malicious attacks. To protect yourself from the dangers of unsecured Wi-Fi there are a few steps you can take.
When considering connecting to a public wireless hotspot or access point such as those offered in coffee shops, on airplanes, and in hotels, confirm the name of the network with staff as well as proper login procedures. This verification step ensures that the signal you are connecting to is legitimate and not an elaborate spoof meant to compromise your device.
Malicious actors have the ability to rename a network to match that of an establishment hoping that you will unknowingly connect and become susceptible to attack.