Beware of Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Public Wi-Fi hotspots can be dangerous. 


Public Wi-Fi hotspots can be dangerous.  How many times do
people connect to free Wi-Fi at a restaurant, on an airplane, or a hotel to name a few? Follow these basic security tips to decrease the chances of identity theft or data-loss:

  • Pick the correct network – Beware of signing into a network with a similar name. Wi-Phishing will try to trick you to log into the wrong network.  For example, Hilton Guest versus HiltonGuests.
  • Pick a secure network – Stick to hotspots that are locked out and require a password to grant access.
  • Ask to connect – Set your device to ask before it connects to any network available.  On iOS go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Check off “Ask to Join Networks”.  On Android go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Advanced > Wi-Fi Notifications (turn it off).
  • Avoid personal data in hotspots – Avoid filling in your taxes, paying bills, accessing your bank account, or using your credit card when connected to public Wi-Fi.
  • Avoid using your passwords – Beware of entering passwords while you’re on public Wi-Fi.  Use LastPass or Dashlane to store passwords.  These password managers keep passwords encrypted.
  • Update your Operating System (OS) and Apps – OS and App updates often fix serious security holes.  On iOS go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and make sure “Updated” is turned on.  On Android go to Google Play > Settings > Auto-update apps.

 For more information about how to protect your information please contact your ELLS Advisor.


The ELLS CPAs staff is dedicated to their mission of providing the highest quality service and standards of professional conduct for all of their commercial and individual accounting clients. Call 714-569-1000 to schedule an appointment.