Whenever you use the internet, you open yourself to the risk of identity theft.
Most people may think their information is safe when they get on public Wi-Fi or even their personal Wi-Fi, but that’s not always the case.
“The second you open that computer, you’re exposed. If you don’t have the right protection then you are exposed,” Aaron Bumbarger, technician at The Computer Clinic said.
Especially if you’re someone who likes to pay bills online. One way you can protect yourself: get a VPN. It stands for virtual private network and technicians say it basically allows you to hide yourself on the internet.
“If you’re the type of person that uses public Wi-Fi a lot, like at a coffee shop, McDonald’s, Starbucks or what not, that’s perfect for you because it’s one button, you click it. It hides you from everyone else to be able to sniff out what you’re doing,” Bumbarger said.
Giving yourself another layer of protection on top of making sure you are on secured websites.
“If you don’t have one, it’s an open Wi-Fi, meaning anyone can get on it. Figure out who you are, what you’re doing and why,” Bumbarger said.
If you’re identity does get compromised, technicians say one of the first things you should do, is make sure your computer wasn’t the reason.