As things become busier and people need more flexibility it is becoming apparent that the future for many people is remote working. You may be worried that working from any location, on any number of devices may increase exposure to security risks. No matter if you are a remote worker or a road angel, here are some simple steps to keep you protected:
- ‘Evil twins’ beware!
An ‘evil twin’ is a rogue Wi-Fi network that appears to be legitimate. It’s likely to have been setup by “hackers” purely for them to steal your private information. If you are in any doubt at all, avoid using public Wi-Fi altogether, or make sure you only use encrypted connections.
If your only option is to use a public Wi-Fi service then you should implement a virtual private network (VPN) in your business. The idea of a VPN is to allow secure access to private company network over a potentially insecure connection.
- BYOW – Bring your own Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is great when it is a reliable, fast and secure service. Unfortunately, public Wi-Fi is often lacking in many of these features. You can however make use of your mobile phone as your own personal Wi-Fi service. Most mobiles now have the ability to turn themselves into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot that only you can connect to. Do remember that mobile data can be expensive if you use it a lot, so try and arrange an unlimited usage deal!
- Don’t lose sleep if you lose your device
No matter who you are or where you go, losing your device can happen. Perhaps you leave your tablet on the seat next to you on the train or your phone slips out of your pocket in a taxi.
Try using one of the tracking devices you can get for most devices such as “Find My iPhone” on iOS. You might be able to locate it using this and save a small fortune.
Also, strongly consider a pin or passcode on your device to unlock it and make sure you backup critical information regularly (or better still, don’t store data on the device if it’s critical). If you are worried the device has been stolen notify your IT Company / department quickly, as they may be able to remotely wipe the device if you tell them quickly enough.
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