- Getting Around
WiFi Tips While Riding the Bus
Public Wi-Fi is inherently insecure – so be cautious.
I Wouldn’t Go There
It’s a good idea to avoid visiting and logging into websites where there’s a chance that cybercriminals could capture your identity, passwords, or personal information. Avoid doing any shopping or online banking on websites that may store your information.
Lock up Before You Leave
Protect your device and yourself from outside intruders. Ensure any device that you connect to an open network is uptodate with the latest anti-malware and security software. Some good examples are zonealarm (firewall), Norton or McCaffee (anti-virus) and Malwarebytes.
You Don’t Have to Share
You may share your music library, printers or files, or even allow remote login from other computers on your Wi-Fi network in the privacy of your own home. Unless you disable these settings before connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, anyone else in the vicinity may be able to hack into your PC.
Please Ask First
Your smart phone or tablet may be set to automatically connect to any available Wi-Fi hotspot, a setting that can seriously endanger your privacy. Not only will this allow your device to connect to public networks without your express permission, you may also be automatically connecting to malicious networks set up specifically to steal your information.
Connect to the Right Network
Sometimes hackers will set up a fake Wi-Fi network to attract unwitting public Wi-Fi users. The Pierce Transit public Wi-Fi network is named Pierce Transit. Accept no alternatives. To identify you’ve logged into the correct network your first screen will require you to accept Pierce Transit's Terms of Service. When moving from one Pierce Transit bus to another, you will have to accept the Terms of Service again to reconnect to Wi-Fi.
Suspicious Behavior is Cause for Alert
Always running up-to-date anti-virus software can help provide the first alert if your system has been compromised while connected to an unsecured network. An alert will be displayed if any known viruses are loaded onto your computer or if there are any suspicious behaviors. While running anti-virus software might not catch all unauthorized activity, it’s a great way to protect against most attacks.
Good Thing NOT to Save
Opt to Not Save Passwords. Yes, it is tempting. There are just so many passwords to remember. Websites and browsers are forever asking if you want to save and store passwords. A general rule of thumb: you're probably better off not storing your username and password anywhere, especially when it comes to banking sites and the like.