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How to stay safe on public Wi-Fi

Our VPN encrypts your data and makes you anonymous online.

Hackers love public Wi-Fi—that’s because 75% of these networks are vulnerable. But there’s an easy way to stay safe, with trusted, free Avira Phantom VPN.

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Does a VPN protect you on public Wi-Fi?

If you were to Google search “public Wi-Fi security solutions” you’d find that practically every article recommends using a VPN. And with good reason.   

When you use a VPN, your device connects to the VPN provider’s servers and all your internet traffic passes through this connection. Using secure internet protocols such as IPsec, the VPN creates a secure, private tunnel that shields your data and online activities from third parties and even your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Plus, when you use a VPN all your communications are encrypted, so they can’t be read even if they were accessed.

Using a VPN on public Wi-Fi protects your financial information, passwords, and other private files from hackers and snoopers. 

Why is it unsafe?

It’s free, everywhere, and convenient—but public Wi-Fi is as desirable for hackers as it is for users. It requires no authentication to establish a connection, so hackers enjoy free access to unsecured devices on the same network. Plus, common Wi-Fi encryption standards are flawed and should not be trusted. It’s hacker heaven! 

You may already know that connecting to public Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, airports, and coffee shops is insecure and potentially dangerous. Even so, nearly 60% of us admit to logging in to personal email accounts over a public connection!

Public Wi-Fi safety tips

Connect to secured networks where possible, and if you must use an unsecured network, check that the connection requires a login or registration.


Turn off auto-connect. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets have automatic connectivity settings. These connect you from one hotspot to the next as you move about, which is very convenient, but a huge security hazard!


Monitor your Bluetooth. Bluetooth connectivity allows devices to communicate with each other, and a hacker can look for open Bluetooth signals to gain access to your device. So please don’t leave Bluetooth on in public places.

Use a VPN. This encrypts all the data that you send and receive while using public Wi-Fi, so that all your communications are safe from snoops and hackers. 

What are the main risks?

Whether you’re accessing public Wi-Fi on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, the dangers are universal. We’re highlighting four here, but there are many other scams and hacks that can be used to access your personal data.





Other advantages of using a VPN

Using a VPN offers additional benefits besides protecting your privacy on public Wi-Fi and hotspots.


Unblock websites

By hiding your IP address, you can bypass regional censorship. So, if you’re abroad, choose a VPN server from home to watch your favorite show and beat geo-blocking! And gamers can play with the world!

Evade tracking

Advertisers track your IP address to send you targeted ads. Not with Phantom VPN! It assigns you a different IP addresses with every connection, and none of them can be traced back to you.


Choose Avira to safely connect to public Wi-Fi

Securely connecting to hotspots is easy with our fast, free Phantom VPN! Here’s what makes it the trusted choice: 

✔ Uses the 256 Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256), which is the worldwide norm for data encryption. AES-256 offers so many encryption combinations, it would take billions of computers more than 13 billion years to crack them!

✔ Just 2 clicks and you’ll have access to 37 server locations around the globe, so no one knows where you really are.

✔ Works on any device for Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac. There’s also a free browser plugin for Chrome!

✔ Part of a multi-award-winning software portfolio from a trusted German security leader, with over 30 years of experience.

Plus, it’s free!

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