|Public Wi-Fi not as secure as you think|
Wi-Fi has become ubiquitous, it’s hard to go somewhere and not be able to connect or detect a network. With the large number devices that can both broadcast and receive Wi-Fi, many with no or basic level security, security of your data and device can be an issue when you’re out of the office and connecting to these networks.
Here are some ways you can protect yourself while connecting to, or using, Wi-Fi devices when you’re out of the office.
Be aware of the purpose of Wi-Fi
Unsecure at your own risk
Think of it this way: many small businesses encourage their employees to put documents or files into a shared folder on a computer that anyone connected to the network can access. If some of these files are on a laptop you take out of the office, and no file sharing restrictions have been set, they will be shared with users of any network you connect to. If that network is unsecure, your files are fair game whether you like it or not.
It’s a good idea to connect to public networks that require passwords when possible, as they tend to be more secure. Many public networks have a legal disclaimer stating network use and security. It pays to read these before connecting.
Turn Wi-Fi off
Use HTTPS when possible
Use data not public hotspots
Use a VPN
There are also VPNs that allow you to securely access the Internet via a public Wi-Fi connection, while encrypting all data sent and making your computer anonymous. It’s recommended that if you’re out of the office a lot, to look into a VPN and follow these other tips. If you’re interested, we may have a solution for you, so please contact us.
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