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Simple Tips to Help Keep Your WiFi Secure

By September 30, 2015May 26th, 2021Blog, Cybersecurity, Tech Tip Videos


Olmec Systems, Inc

With telecommuting making it easy to travel and stay in touch, people are using public Wifi networks more frequently. As the number of hotspots available continues to grow, not every hotspot can offer the protection of your home or office networks. The default settings on your notebook, tablet, or smartphone may not be enough to keep your data safe from prying eyes. These essential tips will help keep your information and files secure.

#1. Update your software before you go. Make sure all antivirus, antispyware, and browsing software are all updated. When current, the software can monitor for suspicious activity and can be a great way to protect against most attacks. Verify that the built in firewall is always activated.

#2. Turn off filesharing. Otherwise, anyone in the vicinity of your device can hack into your data.

#3. Use a VPN. A virtual private network routes your traffic through a secure network. Free services are available but a paid service guarantees the connection integrity. If you regularly connect on public networks, it may be worth the expense.

#4. Don’t auto-connect. Turn off the Wifi connection whenever you’re done using the internet, even if you’re still using the device. Maintain it off until you’re ready to connect. Check the settings on your device, you may be able to disable auto-connect, and request a prompt asking for permission to connect.

#5. Use secure sites whenever possible on public networks. Ultimately it’s much safer to avoid private transactions on a public network. Conducting banking activities or purchases that require a credit card should always be completed over a private connection such as at home or in the office.

We hope these tips help keep your data safe while traveling. If you have more questions, give our team a call.

Olmec Systems, Inc
(973) 586-6590


Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.