WiFi Hotspots are great for browsing the web or reading your favorite blog. But they're no place for online banking, making online purchases or anything else that sends confidential information over the internet. Public WiFi Hotspots that you can connect to without a password are sending everything in clear, readable text that can be intercepted and read by criminals. Any passwords, credit card information or other personal information can be easily stolen. There are ways to protect yourself though. Make sure your computer or device is not set to automatically connect to unknown or unsecured networks. Choose one that is secure. One of the quickest ways to tell if a network is using security is to try joining. If it asks for a password, that means it is probably secure. A secured network uses data encryption to transmit information from your computer or device, making the information unreadable. Networking printing and file sharing can be handy features at home or at work. But when you are on a public network, this gives criminals easy access to all the information stored on your device. Shutting off Network Printing and File Sharing closes that door to your information.