Our connection to the Internet via a wireless router (WLAN) is a type of physical connection, usually using Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi hotspots may be referred to by names as Open Wi-Fi hotspots or Wi-Fi connections. In simple terms, Hotspots are networks that broadcast to physically limited areas where we connect our mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops to the Internet wirelessly.
Hotspot networks can be made publicly available in cafes, hotels, airports, shops, or many other places. While many hotspots are open and free to connect, in some places they can be offered as prepaid or paid. In other words Hotspot networks are divided into paid and free.
By turning on your device's wireless network, you can see the SSIDs broadcasting around and connect to open Hotspot networks with a single tap. In general, a small registration screen will appear, allowing you to verify your identity. Then you will be able to connect to the internet via SMS or a similar verification method.
In fact, hotspots are not considered very secure because wi-fi encryption systems can be easily cracked, which can result in attackers infiltrating wireless systems and attacking users on the wi-fi network.
For this reason, if you have to connect but not to every hotspot network you access, you can increase your security one more layer by encrypting your connection once again by using a vpn program after connecting.
In addition, in general, cyber security experts recommend the use of VPN for important functions such as credit card, shopping, password and password transactions made over such networks.
- In a situation where it is necessary to use risky applications such as online banking or e-commerce, it is of great importance to perform the transaction with a VPN.
- VPN use is also recommended when employees need to access company resources and applications.
- It should be noted that the linked sites use the SSL protocol.
- Preventing the device from automatically connecting to available Wi-Fi Hotspots is another precaution that can be taken.