We should know that using public Wi-Fi networks is always dangerous. We must increase our privacy when using a public Wi-Fi network and should know how to take precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks. Today, you’ll learn Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks.

We know that windows detects / knows when it’s accessing a public network and it will hide our laptop from other computers and devices. Yes, that provides significant, but not perfect protection.

We need to ensure that Windows knows that you’re on a public network and how to take Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks.

Whenever Windows logs onto a Wi-Fi network that it doesn’t recognize, it will ask you how it should handle security. Now, you can manually make it bring up the question itself.

How to take Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks Windows 7

When you log into a new network, Windows 7 brings up a big dialog box where you can state whether it’s a Home, Work, or Public network.
If the dialog box doesn’t come up, or you’re not sure you gave the right option / answer, you should confirm that Windows knows it’s a public network. Go to the Start menu’s Search field, type network and, and select Network and Sharing Center.

Now, you’ll see the name of the network, and below that, the network type. Click that link, and you’ll get to the same dialog box that was supposed to come up automatically.

How to take Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks
How to take Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks

How to take Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks Windows 8

When you log onto a new network, a panel will appear on the right side of the screen. It will ask if you want to find “PCs, devices, and content on this network.” If it’s a public network, select No.

If you want to make sure the setting is correct, go to the Search charm, type network, and select Network connection settings. Select your network. If the Find devices and content switch is turned off, Windows knows it’s a public network. If that switch is on, turn it off.

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More Precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks

• Make sure you’re logging onto the right network. Double-check the network’s name.
• Don’t do anything financial on a public network. Don’t contact your bank, and don’t use a credit card.
• If you keep sensitive files in an encrypted container, don’t open it when you’re on a public network.
• Follow general precautions. Use a good firewall and antivirus program. And use different passwords for each site.