Why should you turn off your phone’s Wi-Fi when you’re on the street? You may regret it

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According to AndroidPhoria, the technology portal, having Wi-Fi continuously drains the battery. But, this is not a big problem, because the mobile data we use or the GPS spend a lot. In fact, the risks we take are greater. Discover them!

Why is the Wi-Fi not enabled outside the house?

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Open your phone – Source: spm

When Wi-Fi is permanently enabled on your smartphone, you can automatically connect to any open public network, even unsecured ones. However, as you should know, this kind of communication can have serious consequences. In fact, hackers and cybercriminals relentlessly monitor devices connected to public Wi-Fi, as they are very easy targets for them. If you happen to have their radar, they can track all of your activities.

Nowadays, free networks are constantly multiplying all over the world: airports, cafes, shopping centers, gyms, restaurants or even hotels offer us the possibility to connect to the Internet for free via Wi-Fi. As with the home network, we read mail, consult our bank accounts, discuss with our contacts, surf the Internet or social networks. Unfortunately, this is a very favorable ground for malicious people who can take advantage of it to hack us or steal our personal data, such as passwords, financial information, private photos or videos.

How do I disable auto-connecting to Wi-Fi networks?

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Using your phone – Source: spm

Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and still use those free connections. The simplest option to prevent your smartphone from automatically connecting to any available public network is to disable the “auto connect” function to Wi-Fi networks. This way, you will have the freedom to connect or not. Because it is up to you to decide whether to trust a particular place or not.
You just have to follow these steps:

  • Go to your mobile settings.
  • Find the Network & Internet option and select “Wi-Fi”.
  • Select “Wi-Fi Preferences”.
  • The “Connect to open networks” option appears. Make sure to disable it if it is not.

NB Remember that some options may have a different or similar name, and it will depend on your smartphone model or OS version.

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