You’re probably familiar with 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi hotspots. In the increasingly connected mobile world, there are a variety of ways to connect and stay connected to the Internet, but what really is the safest way?
In fact, nothing is 100% secure. However, there are ways you can strengthen your security to get as close as possible to 100%. But first, you’ll need to understand what these technologies are and what are the risks that go with them.
How do you connect your mobile devices to the Internet?
Well, there are three different ways your mobile device can connect to the Internet and this are how these connections work:
4G-enabled devices usually make their connection to the Internet via their provider’s mobile connection. Instead of receiving a signal from an Internet service provider such as the device would do it at home or at work, it receives data from the cell phone company in the same way as it receives a cellular connection.
4G connections allow users to access the Internet wherever they receive a signal. Fortunately, data sent via 4G is encrypted, which makes 4G safer than public Wi-Fi.
Private Wi-Fi connections
These are the types of networks you could find in your office or at home. Private Wi-Fi connections, if properly configured, allow password-protected access and encryption of data sent and received.
Public Wi-Fi hotspots
Wi-Fi public areas can be found in public places such as airports, cafes, shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, practically everywhere, in fact. Public Wi-Fi is the least secure way to connect to the Internet and is really a wild card.
There are so many unknown variables, but the main problem with using a public network is not able to determine if it is 100% safe.
You can not really know if it’s safe or not, unless you have a way to protect your connection, for example with a virtual private network or VPN.
Are 4G-Connections hackable?
At the risk of appearing as a broken record, nothing connected to the internet is 100% inviolable to cybercriminals all the time. However, when it comes to 4G, hacking seems to be still in the concept test phase.
So, for now, the short answer is “yes”, 4G can be compromised. However, it’s much harder to hack public Wi-Fi, which hackers mostly have insight.
With the improvement of mobile networks, speeds exceeded what could be expected with a Wi-Fi media connection, making 4G the preferred connection channel for fast and secure Internet access. move.
Advances in mobile connectivity offer high speeds depending on the operator and location, often better than what you would expect from a Wi-Fi media connection, especially if you are trying to use a congested Wi-Fi hotspot.
The speed and convenience that 4G connections have delivered to business users, in particular, has meant that their popularity has increased, so the safe use of 4G is now a priority.
Well luckily, there are several simple steps that you can take to make sure that your 4G connection is always safe and secure.
1. Make sure to install mobile security applications
When using mobile devices with 4G always make sure you have installed adequate protection. McAfee Mobile Security is a good example and is available for Android and iOS devices.
2. Always Be careful with automatic updates
Automatic update downloads are risky, for it’ll cause a dangerous turn for you if it isn’t monitored properly. Well, you can prevent this by evaluating where these updates really come from. Make sure that every update is legitimate and from your 4G service provider, not a malware masked by an update. Automatic updates can be disabled on Android so they can be approved individually.
3. Try to use a mobile ‘Virtual Private Network’ (VPN)
If you want to make sure that sensitive data is protected when moving to and from mobile devices, setting up a VPN is the ideal solution. Both Android and iOS support the use of VPN. Windows and Mac OS X also have a range of VPNs to choose from.
4. Try using complex passwords for additional security
The password can be the bane of many users’ lives, but they are still the main way to enable Wi-Fi access. Develop a strong password scheme and do not use the same password for all your accesses.
5. Immediately forget the current Wi-Fi network that you’re connected to after using
Try getting in the habit of connecting to a public Wi-Fi hotspot for as little time as possible and, when you’re done, make sure your device forgets the network; this will prevent your device from becoming vulnerable to malware and hackers.
It’s a commercial system protocol to ensure that all devices used through a 4G network are protected by the latest anti-malware applications and that every live connection made on the Internet is done through a secure encrypted channel to combat any interception.
Always remember that when you’re working from place to place, always make sure that network security & safety should be your TOP priority.