A Simple Trick to Stay Safe Over Public Networks

By Rimzhim Sharma March 24, 2017 How To, Tech Tips

It might be hard to believe but cyber-criminal activities take place on day-to-day basis. Agree or not, but we’re all under a constant threat of our private lives being exposed. Often, open public networks are the prime source from where information gets leaked. It becomes even more dreadful as most of our time is being spent at public locations such as subways, cafes, libraries or airports. There is small protocol named WPAD, by disabling this feature from your device you can protect your privacy over public networks.

WPAD aka Web Proxy Auto discovery is simple technique to auto identify nearby proxies. It saves you from having to set things up yourself. When WPAD is enabled, that Wi-Fi network can automatically configure a proxy server in Windows. All your web browsing traffic gets routed through the proxy server while you’re connected to the Wi-Fi network—potentially exposing sensitive data. All your browsing activities could be vulnerable to snooping and other cyber attacks.

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Here’s how you can disable WPAD to keep your privacy intact.

Windows 7

On Windows 7, you can disable WPAD through the Internet Options window. Here are the quick steps:

1. Navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options.

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2. In this window, switch to the “Connections” tab and click on the “LAN settings” button.

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3. Now in the “Local Area Network (LAN) Settings” window, clear the “Automatically detect settings” check box, and then click on “OK” twice to save your settings.

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Windows 8 and 10

Fortunately for Windows 10 the process is quite simple.

Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy. On Windows 8, the same screen is available at PC Settings > Network Proxy. Just toggle the “Automatically detect settings” option off to disable WPAD.

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And yes, it’s done! Simple isn’t?

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."