It is important to know that antivirus software or just a firewall can never ensure you 100% protection for your data. There are indeed some methods to thwart the intensions of malicious attacks and wicked attempts to steal any of your data.
You must be aware that free Wi-Fi networks are present anywhere you go. But sometimes the attackers open up a scam Wi-Fi network to entice the unwary users so that they get connected to it. Immediately after you get connected to this wireless network, the attackers can trace your computer’s data traffic and assemble all the insightful information that you send, say like your passwords or card pin numbers. Here is a list of things to keep in mind to be secure:
Network name verification: This is very important. Whenever you are using the Internet through any of the cyber centers or any other public places, it is extremely important for you to enquire about the SSID of that center’s network. SSID is the name of a wireless network which is relayed over the airwaves and your computer receives this networks signal as a result of which the name appears in the list of all the existing networks. If you are not sure then don’t get connected to any open network because most of the wireless networks are not encrypted and therefore do not ensure protection to your data which means that all the information bits traveling between your computer and the router device is vulnerable to changes that can be made by other people who are within your network range. It is always advisable that you should not get connected to public Wi-Fi networks unless you are sure that you possess secure VPN networks.
Stronger encryption is better: There are many Wi-Fi network encryptions with some differences. The most widely used is the WEP (wired equivalent privacy) but it can easily be decoded with the tools that are available for hackers. However it is advisable to use WPA (Wi-Fi protected access).
Log on to your router’s console and go to wireless security settings and allow WPA and then enter your password.
Save settings and restart router. These are some safe methods. If you are looking for more advice, check out this blog.