We’re all guilty of it: connecting to free public WiFi. Whether it’s at the coffee shop, hotel or airport, the temptation to check e-mail and surf the web is just too strong to resist. So BEFORE you connect to any free, public WiFi, make sure the connection is legitimate.
This week’s TEK Tip focuses on the concerns challenges we face when using Public wi-fi in places like coffee shops, airports, and hotels.
It’s not uncommon for hackers to set up fake clones of public WiFi access points to try and get you to connect to THEIR WiFi over the legitimate, safe public one being made available to you. Before connecting, check with an employee of the store or location to verify the name of the WiFi they are providing. Next, NEVER access financial, medical or other sensitive data while on public WiFi. Also, don’t shop online and enter your credit card information unless you’re absolutely certain the connection point you’re on is safe and secure.
There are plenty of options to help keep employees connected without having to worry about snoops. The most popular is the VPN, or virtual private network. VPNs allow remote workers to securely access the Internet, even through public WiFi. VPNs are ideal for remote workers who need to routinely access your network.
Another option is the personal hotspot. This is a portable WiFi access point, usually paired with data service through a telecom like Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile. It gives remote workers flexibility to work anywhere they can get high-speed data service. Because the remote worker is the only person on the hotspot (and should be the only person), there is less worry about hackers snooping for your data.
Some may not even realize how many devices they regularly use that connect to the internet. Don’t overlook this 1 HUGE issue by getting too comfortable. The weakness of any door is that legitimate people need to be able to get in and out. Public Wi-Fi spots are convenient especially when free. Be sure to use the following security tips when using public wi-fi. It can be the difference between safe surfing and identity theft/data-loss.
Join Andrew as he explains the best methods for ensuring the security and privacy of our information as we navigate this hectic world!