How’s your WiFi?

wifiAdding a Wi-Fi access point to your business environment is quick and easy and in no time you have access to your internet and network as your staff connect their devices.

Do you know where these devices have been before they connected to your network?

If your access point provides full access to your corporate network, that could mean access to more data than you intended. If you don’t protect your wireless network, it can open the door to some serious threats and data breaches.

In public areas, WiFi networks are almost always unencrypted, which means that anyone with cheap, easily available software can listen in and access everything being sent over the network.

You need to seriously consider how to protect your device when in these public areas. Get savvy about WiFi hotspots by limiting the type of business you conduct on public WiFi networks if you do not have a way to secure them. Additionally, you can adjust the security settings on your devices to limit who can access your information.

Just as people rely on antivirus and firewalls for security, a virtual private network (VPN) is another important tool that users can employ if they want extra security.

A VPN encrypts all the data going in and out of the consumer’s computer or mobile device. This technology completely blocks hackers from accessing data sent over WiFi networks, so users are always protected.

It also makes all sensitive and personal information encrypted and safe from cybercriminals, preventing identity thefts, compromised accounts, and keeps private information from falling into the wrong hands.

If your device does not have VPN enabled, then you could be sharing information to unknown sources.

As a partner of F-Secure, we recommend and use Freedome. This new application is a powerful online privacy and security app.

It does a multitude of data and security protection, but namely Freedome creates a secure, encrypted connection from you and your device to the F-Secure Cloud.

It makes your connection invisible in the Wi-Fi network and your data unreadable. So even if someone tries to scan your device, they can’t tap into what’s yours.

For more information on how we can help your business devices stay secure, call your local TCT office today.

 

Robert Brown
17/07/2015

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