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How to protect your smartphone while using free WiFi in Nairobi

By Winnie Onyando November 11th, 2022 2 min read

Just a few days ago, the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owalo launched a public hotspot at City Market Nairobi, a move he said would boost small and medium businesses.

While launching the project, the CS said the Kenya Kwanza government would fulfill its promise to connect free internet to Kenyan households to enable the youth to access opportunities online.

“One of our areas of focus is the digital superhighway. We are taking the internet to the people. We are going to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness in the value chain of our business processes so that, eventually, we cannot just create jobs, but we can also reduce the cost of living,” said CS Owalo.

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Although the government is aiming to roll out the project in every county, there is a need for the public to know how they can protect their devices while using the free Wi-Fi.

Create strong and unique passwords

To protect against cybercriminals, one should create a password with numbers, letters and special characters to make their password strong and unique.

Install anti-virus

The users should install anti-malware software and anti-sniffing protection on their devices.

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Use a VPN

One should set up a virtual private network (VPN) to protect their device by creating a secure tunnel for user traffic with end-to-end encryption.

Use safe cites

You can also convert your website to the more secure HTTPs to protect log-in credentials and pad your users’ personal information with extra security.

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Turn off your Bluetooth

One can also turn off auto-connect and Bluetooth discoverability settings to prevent hackers from gaining access to their credentials.

Run frequent vulnerability scans to identify areas of weakness in your device.

Do not click on pop-up advertisment

Avoid clicking on ads that open in a new window while browsing online.

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