Getting work done on the go is a part of modern life. Whether working at the airport waiting to leave on a business trip, or just checking email at a coffee shop while taking a break from the office, we're always online. Free public Wi-Fi makes it possible to access your company network from wherever you are, but it also exposes you to security risks. Here's how to make your public Wi-Fi use safer.
Use a VPN.
Virtual private networks create an encrypted channel between your device and the company network. While hackers can still potentially access the Wi-Fi connection, any traffic they see will be unreadable.
Connect to the Right Network.
Anyone can create a Wi-Fi hotspot with any name; don't assume the network "coffeeshopWifi" is actually the coffee shop's network. Find out the correct name and don't connect to random networks.
Use HTTPS in Your Browser.
Only use https connections in your browser. This will ensure that any traffic between you and the website is encrypted.
Don't Connect Automatically.
If you don't need Wi-Fi to get your work done, don't connect to the network. If you aren't connected, there's no way for hackers to get into your device. If you need to connect, tell your device to forget the network when you're done, so it doesn't automatically reconnect the next time you stop in for coffee.
When you work from home or the office, features like allowing file sharing or remote login are a convenience. Out on the road, they're a risk. Turn them off to protect your data.
Use Antivirus Software.
Run antivirus software on your device and keep it up to date. Scanning for viruses and deleting infected files is key to staying protected.
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