Avoid Public Wi-Fi for Business Internet Use

by Craig Anthony

1 min read

Wi-Fi is a technology that allows computers and other hardware devices to wirelessly connect to the internet. While this technology is popular within residential households, it is found in many public places, especially restaurants, hotels, airports, cafes, and more. Unfortunately, the internet’s ease of access comes at a price: the increased risk of being attacked by a hacker. Since Wi-Fi requires little or no authentication to join the network, a talented hacker can get in the middle of your device and the Wi-Fi router with little trouble. At this point, instead of your computer communicating directly with the Wi-Fi router, it communicates to the hacker’s device, which then relays the communication to the Wi-Fi router, and back and forth. This easily enables sensitive data to be stolen from your computer or device. There are some safeguards you can enable. First, using a VPN, or virtual private network, connection allows for strong data encryption for signals leaving your device. These signals may still be easily intercepted, they won’t be easily decrypted, if they can be decrypted at all. Second, you can enable the “Always use HTTPS” option on your computer. This adds safety to your communication by only using secure connections. Lastly, you should always keep Wi-Fi turned off until the instant you need it. This avoids inadvertently connecting to networks for long periods of time and keeps your data safer. It is important to consider putting security measures in place to protect your business’s data from being compromised.

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