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How to connect securely to multiple networks

If you’re frequently on the road for work purposes, you’ll often find yourself having to connect a laptop to multiple Wi-Fi networks. The key here is to make sure that you connect securely.

So, in this article, we’re looking at how you can manage multiple network connections, how you can improve the security of your online traffic and how you can troubleshoot problems when connecting to certain public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Network configuration

Windows 10 has all the basic network tools you need for connecting to multiple networks – browse to Settings > Network & Internet to access them. Select ‘WiFi’ and click ‘Manage known networks’ to view all the wireless networks – past and present – you’ve used.

This list might be extensive depending on how many networks you’ve connected to over the months and years. So, trim the list by selecting networks you don’t expect to connect to again and click ‘Forget’.

For other networks, click ‘Properties’ and you’ll see options for connecting automatically when in range, setting the network as a metered connection to limit data usage and an option to switch between automatic and manually set IP addresses. Choosing the latter option also allows you to set your own DNS servers. Try Cloudflare for a faster, more secure way to connect to websites.

When you first connect to a new network, Windows should ask if you want your PC to be discoverable by other devices on that network. Your default answer should be ‘no’, unless you’re connecting to a trusted home or work network.

You can verify – and change – this setting for the currently connected network by clicking your connection under Network > WiFi. If necessary, choose ‘Public’ to disable file sharing and render your PC invisible to other connected devices.

If you’d like even more control over each individual network configuration – for example, changing your workgroup name or setting a default printer depending on which network you’re connected to – then look at a third-party tool like NetSetMan>>Read more

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