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Public network. Use this for networks you connect to when you’re out and about, such as a Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop. Your PC will be hidden from other devices on the network, and you can’t use your PC for file and printer sharing. After you connect to a network the first time, you can change it to public or private at any time.

Consider setting up free WiFi for customers at your place of business. There are a series of steps you will need to take to set up a fast, reliable and secure connection for customers. ... The benefits of setting up public WiFi include: It increases customer engagement.

This problem is purely restricted to PUBLIC wifi access points. (the kind where you connect then authenticate using a popup browser page) I can connect to the same public wifi using my macbook, my iphone, ipad, ipod, windows xp dell without any issues. So this rules out the network being the problem

Public network for networks in public places (such as coffee shops or airports). This location is designed to keep your computer from being visible to other computers around you and to help protect your computer from any malicious software from the Internet. HomeGroup is not available on public networks, and network discovery is turned off.

To answer your question, your information is still safe even if you are connected to the Internet over a public WiFi. For more information about connecting to a public WiFi, kindly refer to this article: Four safety tips for using Wi-Fi. Let us know if you will need further assistance.