When using our Wi-Fi hotspots, or any other public network, you should take proper steps to ensure your data and identity are kept safe and secure.
Here are several things you should keep in mind:
Disable File Sharing
Before connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots you should disable the sharing of any files, folders, and services you may not want others to view, use or edit.
Although this isn't necessarily needed while using the Sky-Nets Wi-Fi Hotspot Network because we disable the ability to share among users, it's a good idea just in case you connect to another hotspot or your computer inadvertently connects directly to other users using Ad hoc mode.
Click here to learn how to view/edit sharing preferences.
You can view all your PCís shared folders in Windows XP:
1. Access your PCís Control Panel
2. Open the Administrative Tools. If in the control panel is in category view youíll need to select the ďPerformance and MaintenanceĒ category.
3. Double-click on Computer Management.
4. Click on Shared Folders and open the Shares folder.
You should see all your PCís shared directories. Keep in mind by default, Windows XP adds a few shared directories (such as for remote administration); however, these should be protected from network access like on Wi-Fi hotspots. You should refer to the programís help documentation for more information. Typically, if a share path is of a specific personal directory, itís likely a shared folder that others on the same network, such as hotspots, can view and/or edit.
You can edit the sharing preferences of folders in Windows XP:
1. Right-click on the folder, such as in My Computer, Windows Explorer, or on your desktop.
2. Select Sharing and Security.
3. Edit the settings, in the Sharing tab, and click OK.
Use SSL Encryption with Sensitive Information
Donít visit any private or sensitive websites (such as financial sites and email) unless they're secured, for example websites implementing Secure Socket Layer (SSL) with a with the pad lock and a HTTPS address, for example: https://www.website.com.
Enable Personal Firewall Software
To protect yourself from hackers or intruders while on Wi-Fi hotspots and Internet, you should have personal firewall software installed and active while connected. You can either use Windows XPís built-in firewall utility, accessed via the Control Panel, or use third party software such as ZoneAlarm.
Think About Using VPNs
VPNs provide a great way to encrypt all data sent and received from your computer while on Wi-Fi hotspots. Here are a few hosted solutions you could use: SecureMyWiFi, Hotspot Shield (free), or JiWire Hotspot Helper.
If you would like to learn more about Wi-Fi security
you can read these articles written by
Eric Geier, Sky-Nets Founder and President: