Come holiday season and people are busy hopping from one place to another. Well, most likely that’s a common sight to witness. What’s even more common is when you land up for your stay in a hotel is trust issues with public Wi-Fi. Should you trust? Should you not? What a predicament! Even a couple of years back, one would have suggested a big no to the question. However, in recent times, that’s not really an option and the reverse is a safer choice to make. Why and how? Let’s find out.
Okay, so this topic can’t be really touched upon without actually intensifying it a bit. The web as a whole, in 2018, where we stand has actually turned much safer. Hence, the Wi-Fi networks in airports and hotels have also received their share of security. Bygone are the Wild West times when nothing on the web was encrypted and one could just sniff past at almost everything. Back then, connecting to a public Wi-Fi would mean exposing yourself all bare in front of hackers to play and ploy with your personal data, like passwords and credit card info. Fast forward to 2018, a simple discovery called the Wi-Fi Pineapple can easily keep these things from occurring. Notwithstanding the vitality of the device, internet attack is still very much possible, but never so in the present scenario. That’s all because of HTTPS and this is where you start to acknowledge the goodness of it.
How many times have you encountered a screen with the URL bar at the top of your browser that has a lock sign? Perhaps, a thousand times. Now, for starters who never knew what that means and simply consoled their mind that they are on a secure page were actually right. However, here’s the knowledgeable part. That little lock symbol stands for all traffic that is encrypted from the site’s server to your browser and vice versa. Hypertext Transfer Protocol where the S actually stands or Secure and it does reinforce what actually would be your primal fear to stay away from a public network. Even Google searches these days start with the green lock symbol which accounts for the entire web to be encrypted. What’s surprising is how dramatically the scenario changed right in front of our eyes. Back in 2016, the top 100 websites taken into account had only 21 of them being encrypted. Today, we have more than 70 sites that have turned on encryption by default. By the end of 2017, more than 50 percent of the web actually got itself encrypted for the greater good. Websites that springs up through Firefox today has more than 80 percent of them being encrypted including the little ones for your guilty pleasures. (Read porn)
But the actual question is just how secure is https? Well, inarguably https does have a handful of drawbacks. For one, there’s nothing virtually stopping to get you the certification of being encrypted. This is one of the primary reasons why genius criminal groups have been successful to add the green padlock sign to their sites as a proof of authenticity. Regarding sniffing on your browsing activity https prevents anyone from seeing on what page you are actually logged on. Well, eavesdrop masters of the web can still find out which site or domain you are logged on, like for example if you are logged on to your bank’s site but they won’t be able to make out any personal info that you put in there. Now you know that difference between close observing a conversation and being bugged. However, there will always be cases when such a scenario is never an ideal choice no matter how much promising the https is. Quite frankly, criminals have a better ploy up their sleeve and trust us it doesn’t involve the airport or the hotel Wi-Fi to “crypto mine” or “searphis” for that matter, which renders them less appealing as a target, barring any amateur who might wanna sneak in for a moment of giggle. Still not convinced? Thought so! Okay, here are some techy tips.
Use A VPN –
A VPN shall have all the traffic being routed through an encrypted connection which renders your activity almost invisible to anybody, except for the service provider. So, choose one wisely.
Use your smartphone– These days unlimited data plans are no big deal. With a Smartphone by your side, you can win over the world. That right. Go ahead and use your mobile hotspot. They are all the way less susceptible to online exploits. In case you want a double layer of security, tether your phone and share the phone internet to browse.
Having said all that, there is no denying the fact that there has been and there will always be a rising concern for security while you are online. Now, one can’t simply guarantee a system to be fully secure and ditch worries. However, a simple hop and go across Facebook or Flipkart or Zomato for instance reportedly has caused none any harm. So, don’t worry. Go ahead and use that hotel Wi-Fi you got, the web has got your covered.
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