According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), in the second quarter of 2018, 54.7% of the Peruvian population aged 6 and over had access to the Internet. Of that percentage, 76.4% of people made daily use of this resource. Evidencing a growth of 5% compared to the same quarter of 2017.
These numbers reflect the great connectivity to the Internet that Peruvians are having, since daily activities (work, study and leisure) drive to be most of the day in the network . Therefore, when we are away from home, we usually enter public WiFi networks to avoid losing the connection. However, it is important to emphasize that The use of these free networks is an opportunity for cyber criminals to steal confidential information from users.
In this sense and in the framework of the International Day of Information Security, which is commemorated on November 30, we give you some recommendations to protect personal data from any cyber attack caused by the connection to public WiFi, provided by Erika Bernales, country manager D-Link Peru, Ecuador and Mexico.
Stay Protected from Public WiFi Networks
1. Do not keep WiFi access active: It is usual that the option of WiFi on the devices is always activated. However, this action could have negative consequences since automatically connecting to a network puts the team and internal files at risk.
2. Enter pages that have “Https“ : When entering a website, it is necessary to check if the portal has the “Https” protocol. This will guarantee the confidentiality of data between the user and the web. Also, it is important to verify if the page presents the security lock.
3. Avoid carrying out banking transactions:If you are connected to a public WiFi, try not to open your bank accounts, make online transactions or purchases that require the information of your credit or debit cards. Entering confidential data on exposed networks will make the user vulnerable.
4. Having account authentication activated: It is important to keep the authentication of your accounts activated and synchronized, both in email and on social networks. In this way, we will have an alert in case of login from an unrecognized IP address.
5. Technology with parental control:Currently, children have greater contact with technology, so you have to be aware of the pages where they have access and who they communicate with. For this reason, it is important to opt for routers with parental control, a system that allows parents to monitor and / or limit the content to which their children can access the internet from their devices, whether computers, mobile phones or tablets.