Having privacy while you surf the internet is no joke. Ultimately it’s up to you to take safeguards to protect your data (and your computer) when using a public wireless networks.
Protecting Your Digital Self
For users frequently on the go, finding free and fast Wi-Fi is great. Most airports and hotels provide a wireless connection, while some are free others require a fee.
Still, it’s not uncommon to find multiple Wi-Fi networks with no passwords and promising titles like “Fast, Free Wi-Fi”. As inviting as these networks may seem, unsecured networks can be dangerous and ultimately do significant damage to your data.
How? Hackers can use your connection to an unsecured network to access your personal information like your banking information, social media passwords, email and more. Use this guide to protect yourself and your computer when online:
1. Turn Off File Sharing. On an Apple Macintosh, go to the System Preferences application and then click on the Sharing section. Make sure every box is unchecked. Then click the lock icon on the bottom left to save your settings.
For Windows users, go to the Control Panel => Network and Internet => Network and Sharing Center => click on Homegroup and Sharing Options => and finally Change Advanced Sharing Settings.
2. Enable Your firewall. In the same System Preferences application on your Mac, you can go to the Security section and then click on Firewall. Make sure that the firewall is turned on. In addition, if you’re still not feeling secure, you can go to your Firewall advanced settings and activate the computer’s “stealth mode.”
For Windows users, go to the Control Panel => System and Security => Windows Firewall.
3. Turning off Wi-Fi (when not in use). The problem with having your wireless open all the time is that the longer you’re loitering, the more attention you’re attracting to your computer as it’s constantly searching for a connection. On your Macintosh, just click the Airport icon on the top right corner of the toolbar and then simply click Turn off. Go back to that Airport icon to turn it back on when you need it again.
For Windows users, right click your wireless icon to toggle your Wi-Fi on or off.
Each Thursday Digital Media Academy publishes a new DMA HOW-TO.
Programming by Philip Harding
Digital Media Academy (DMA) is a nationally-recognized organization offering hands-on learning experiences in a broad range of digital media technologies. First and foremost, DMA is a technology education company whose core business is summer camps for kids and teens. DMA also offers certification for adults and “Pro-Series” courses.
Founded in 2002 by educators formerly from Apple Education and technology experts from Stanford University, DMA is best known for its premier summer programs hosted at prestigious university campuses, like its robotics camp at Stanford University, technology camp at Harvard University and film camps at the University of Chicago – just to name a few. In addition to its summer programs, DMA provides on-site training to schools and companies and offers workshops at its training facility in Los Gatos, CA.
The DMA Difference
Prior to becoming an instructor for DMA, Tyler Winick took a course with Digital Media Academy, “I took some DMA courses and was amazing by the experience. I learned so much so quickly and was able to immediately apply my knowledge in the classroom and in the field with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.”
With hands-on learning using the same tools and technology as industry professionals and training provided by technology experts, DMA offers a world-class learning experience.
I love some good Apple rumor news as much as the next guy, and this is some news I can really sink my teeth into…
Apple has been staying away from the Netbook market for a while. The MacBook Air comes close, but is not totally a “Netbook” by definition. I just came across a “hot news” Apple article from CNNMoney.com blogs, and it has me getting all butterflies-in-the-stomach-like. As fast as technology seems to move, sometimes it doesn’t seem fast enough to me. Here’s the article about the rumored touch-screen Mac.
I have been screaming for a larger iPhone, or a laptop without the lap part – just give me the top. You have to love the iPhone interactive experience. Let’s face it, the keyboard and mouse are sooo… 1980′s. Let’s go everybody! Let’s put the old-fashioned keyboard and mouse to rest and move forward!
I just had this conversation last week with a few of DMA’s top and award winning instructors: Tom Wolsky and Beth Corwin. I can hear the conversations with the next generation asking us to explain how a keyboard and mouse worked. “You mean you used to have to type everything in manually? All the graphics were on a flat surface? How did you work without holographic interfaces?” Kind of like floppy disks or computers taking up a whole room? What a crazy concept.