Public WiFi Safety

Public WiFi Safety

You should always take a couple of extra precautions while on any public WiFi network.

When you use any public WiFi network, anyone in your vicinity can monitor the information passing between your device and the WiFi network if your connection is not encrypted.

Tips for staying safe on Public WiFi

  • avoid sensitive transactions like banking.
  • maintain anti-virus protection.
  • install a trusted VPN app.
  • keep software updated.
  • have strong passwords.

Remember, no public WiFi is 100% secure.

For further information about safety online, visit:


The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides a comprehensive national program of cybersafety initiatives as part of the Australian Government's cybersafety policy. As well as managing the public complaints process about prohibited and potentially prohibited material on the internet, ACMA's program includes researching current trends in cybersafety, undertaking targeted information and awareness-raising campaigns and activities, and developing cybersafety education materials for use in schools. See

ACMA - Public WiFi hotspots: food for thought

eSafety website - Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

The eSafety website provides important information about how to protect children when they experience cyberbullying or prohibited online content.

iParent - guidance for using safety settings on your family's web-connected devices

Stay Smart Online

Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.

Mobile devices, like smartphones tablets and laptops, can be hacked, infected with a virus and, if unsecured, provide access to your personal information. For more information on protecting yourself and your mobile device when using a public Wi-Fi service, visit:

Using public wireless (or Wi-Fi) networks

Kids Helpline

If you are aged 5-25, Kids Helpline provides free and confidential online and phone counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 55 1800.

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