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Use public Wi-Fi safely on your phone or tablet

I've told you in the past how dangerous it can be to use your computer on public Wi-Fi. Hackers and snoops have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves to steal your data when it's out in the open. If you're not careful, your data could fall into the wrong hands in seconds.

However, at least 20 percent of smartphone owners do banking on their phone. There's no telling how much sensitive information is being transmitted through tablets, either.


A good portion of these transactions are done using public Wi-Fi, especially with tablets. That raises the question: Are these gadgets also vulnerable to public Wi-Fi hacks?

The answer is a resounding yes. It's just as easy for the wrong person to get that sensitive piece of information you just sent. Thankfully, using a smartphone or tablet gives you certain ways to protect your data, too.

First, the absolutely best way to stay safe on public Wi-Fi to watch how you use it. It's fine to use public Wi-Fi to surf the Web. However, save banking information or typing in passwords for your home Wi-Fi connection. Just make sure you protect your home against hackers, of course.

When you're not at home, it helps to use your cellular connection for sensitive information instead of Wi-Fi. Cellular signals are much harder for hackers to intercept and read. Of course, you do have to keep an eye on your data limit to make sure you don't go over.

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