Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety Team and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner recently asked Warwickshire businesses and residents if they were #wifisavvy as part of Safer Internet Day 2017.
The #wifisavvy campaign asked residents to think about how they access free wifi connections when they are out and about in the county. The scheme was piloted in Warwick and was a resounding success. It saw businesses that offer free wifi displaying posters with a commitment to their customers that:
They have changed the admin password of their router from its default setting;
They have disabled remote management to the router completely;
They are committed to using reliable encryption (WPA2 as minimum); and
They ensure that their router is regularly updated with the latest software.
In addition to this, all customers were advised:
To be aware of their surroundings, to make sure no one is watching them type when using wifi in public locations;
To get the correct Identification for public wifi to ensure that they do not inadvertently access spoofed or insecure wifi connections;
To keep their internet security up-to-date and to always use a firewall; and
To avoid using free, public wifi to do things like personal banking or online shopping.
A number of cafés, pubs and business centres in Warwick are already involved in the scheme.
The campaign is now being rolled out across the County and the team are asking businesses that offer wifi to look at how this is managed and get involved with the campaign.