There is a real risk of operating your device in a public place, even if you are using a VPN: eavesdroppers to your “local area” communications; including file/printer sharing, Bluetooth, and AirDrop. When in public, turn them off! While on, any nearby scammers can gain access to your device and do damage.
● On a Windows computer, go to Settings → Network and Internet → Sharing Options → turn off file and printer sharing.
● For Macs, go to System Preferences, then Sharing, and unselect everything. Then head to Finder → AirDrop → select Allow me to be discovered by: No One.
● For your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings → General → AirDrop → Receiving Off.
FOR FURTHER READING:
CyberGuardian: a SecureTheVillage Guide for Residents is available on Amazon.
A complete Security Checklist is available: https://www.nerdsiview.com/security-checklist-2/
References for Village Residents are available at SECURE THE VILLAGE: https://securethevillage.org/residents
© Alan Steven Krantz 2021