Apart from a few exceptions, Wi-Fi is part of our everyday lives.
Open, public Wi-Fi is just too convenient to ignore. However, it comes with high risks.
Public Wi-Fi users are easy prey for criminals. It is very simple for hackers to view, and even modify your network traffic, on unprotected, public Wi-Fi networks. With full control of your traffic, attackers can sniff out passwords as you log
into accounts and steal credit card numbers as you shop.
When using public Wi-Fi always practice good internet hygiene. Avoid working online on sensitive business data when you’re using unsecured Wi-Fi. It is best to spend your time checking the news or reading your favourite blogs. It’s not the time to do your online banking.
When you need to access something such as your bank account or a confidential corporate report, consider disabling Wi-Fi and using your 4G connection.
The best protection when you’re connecting to an open, public Wi-Fi network is to always use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is typically a paid service that keeps your web browsing secure and private over public Wi-Fi hotspots.
A VPN creates a private tunnel between your laptop, tablet or smartphone with the VPN server at the other end, encrypting your traffic from snoops.
Before signing up for a VPN subscription service, check to see if your business has a VPN endpoint you can connect back to while out of the office. Otherwise, there are plenty of VPN providers available.
As more businesses, hotels and cafes offer free public Wi-Fi, they should be aware of Wi-Fi hacking risks and take the necessary steps to protect their clients, guests and customers. Operating a corrupted public Wi-Fi network can seriously impact patronage.
THINK Technology Australia can advise and install your system, and manage your Wi-Fi networks. Your employees, clients or guests will receive a Wi-Fi experience branded or exclusive to your business. Speak to us today on 1300 920 866.
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