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—DON'T keep your wireless device on if you are not connected to the network. Turning off your computer or removing your wireless card when logged off will help protect your files from those who are on the wireless network.
—DON'T perform any financial transactions in a Hot Spot, unless you know the website has an SSL-encrypted connection, (look for the "lock icon" at the bottom right hand of the screen, or the letter 's' after http). Any financial transaction is a huge risk.
—DON'T send private or sensitive information over a wireless connection. Imagine that everything you send over a network is printed on a postcard, for all the world to see.
—DON'T assume a potential data or identity thief is visible. Just because you don't see another computer user in the coffee shop does not mean there isn't one in the apartment above or in a car outside the shop.
—DON'T let your anti-virus software expire. An unprotected computer can be infected with a virus or spyware within about 15 seconds of being online.
—DON'T ignore your Windows update box. When the small box in the lower right hand corner of your computer tells you that updates are available, always take the opportunity to update your system and protect your identity.