Question: I use my laptop frequently when I’m away from home. How can I safely use public Wi-Fi?
Answer: Wi-Fi networks in coffee shops, libraries, airports, hotels, and other public places are convenient, but they can present security risks. If the Wi-Fi network isn’t secure, and you log into an unencrypted site, other users on the network could potentially hijack your session and log in as you. New hacking tools — available for free online — make this easy, even for users with limited technical know-how. Your personal information and even your login credentials could be up for grabs. There are ways, however, to minimize your risk: