We know that business travellers need access to the internet when they are on the go. We all rely on Wi-Fi being available at service stations or airport lounges, cafés or on the train. While this is convenient, the risks of doing so can not be underestimated. Your internet traffic could be intercepted, or you could be tricked into accessing a fake hotspot with a name similar to the real thing. You may not know who is operating the Wi-Fi and other users could even be able to access your computer through an insecure shared connection.
Keep Your Data Safe From Snooping
There are two kinds of public Wi-Fi networks: secured and unsecured. An unsecured network operates without any security features, like passwords or logins. A secured network on the other hand requires a user to agree to terms, register an account or enter password before connecting. Both can suffer from the same risks, and you should not assume you are secure just because you paid for access or entered login details before using the network.
Dos and don’ts for using public Wi-Fi:
- If you have the choice, connect to secured public networks in preference to unsecured (no padlock icon). If you are not able to find a secure network, proceed with caution.
- Never access personal bank accounts, or sensitive personal data, over an unsecured public network. Even doing so on secured networks can be a bad idea: avoid accessing these accounts at all when on public WiFi.
- Never leave your laptop, tablet, or phone unattended in a public place. Keep your screen covered or facing away from the general public to discourage ‘shoulder surfing’.
- Don’t do your online shopping on public Wi-Fi. This could let an attacker see your name, address, bank account details, credit card number and login and password for the retailers. They could then login as you, change the address and empty your bank accounts.
- Turn off automatic connection on your device: make sure you choose which network to connect to every time.
- Keep an eye on your Bluetooth connectivity. Leaving it turned on in public places can pose a risk to your security as a hacker can look for open Bluetooth signals and possibly gain access to your devices.
- You could use a proxy server (a server under your control that you connect to over the network) but these are not totally secure and do no support Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for applications such as online banking.
- Use a virtual private network (VPN) solution. This keeps you anonymous over public WiFi. VPN services encrypt the data that you send and receive while using a public Wi-Fi hotspot and secure your information from other users.
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Digitalquill can provide you with anything from a simple Encrypted VPN server which just encrypts and hides your internet activity from anyone else; right up to corporate VPN services which link remote workers back to their corporate network.
Our simple Encrypted VPN services start from as little as £10 per month and can be setup instantly upon request. They work with laptops, tablets and mobile phones. For more information call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.