August 17, 2011
The use of wireless internet technologies for surfing various web pages has been increasing for a long time due to the ease and convenience that it offers to users. People are no longer sticking to fixed broadband lines connected to a fixed operating system and are instead accessing the internet through portable devices like laptops, tablets, phones, etc. Many places these days we have wi-fi connections that can be accessed by procuring the requisite username and password from the owners either by paying a certain fee or even free of cost in some cases.
This kind of free access to the internet at public places is making web surfers more prone to virus attacks that may be made through the openness offered by wireless internet systems. Anyone in the vicinity who is able to receive the wi-fi signal can simply log on to the network especially if it is being offered free of cost. In such a network, there can be all kinds of security lapses that may put your system at the receiving end of virus attacks. There are some tips mentioned below to help you avoid such attacks or at least help reduce their incidence:
- Before logging onto any kind of free internet at a public place, you should ensure that the network is protected by the required firewall and antivirus software so as to build a multi protected layer for your operating system. There should be a strong IT department taking care of such requirements. You should beware of connecting your laptop the internet in the vicinity without checking for security problems that the internet may have.
- It is advisable not to access websites and fill in your username and password at sites that contain private information about you that if stolen, may pose a significant threat to you. You should refrain from opening bank related websites or shopping websites where you need to fill in credit card related information.
- It is essential to have good antivirus software installed on your operating system to help ward off virus attacks. Although not completely fool proof, such software can help reduce the number of attacks that your system may be subjected to.
For complete system and network protection tips, feel free to contact us at Centex Technologies. We serve Central Texas including Killeen, Austin and Dallas.