Think Again When Using Wi-Fi Hotspots

Most business owners will spend a significant amount of time outside of the office.Some may find themselves using a laptop at a Wi-Fi hot spot.  When using Wi-Fi hot spots  it is really important to be aware of the safety risks.You should always learn how to prevent a breach of security when on the web at a coffee shop, hotel, airport or other Wi-Fi hot spot. After all, you wouldn’t want to risk your customers’ data.

Business owners spend a lot of valuable time building up their reputation, and many times criminals do anything in their might to destroy this reputation.They can easily gain access to private information, like credit card information, user IDs, account information, passwords, and even pertinent hard drive information. Some of them will create wireless access points that are very similar to the ones that you trust, and this gives them access to your trusted information.  You should always make sure that you are connecting to the right network.

Here are a few other tips that you should follow when using public networks:

  • Turn off automatic connections
  • Only connect to legitimate wireless networks
  • Use secured web-based email (you can tell the difference because it ends in https://)
  • Use file encryption before you send important files
  • Keep an eye on your surroundings

You will also want to make sure that you keep these things in mind.You should be aware of the fact that IM, or instant messaging, can also be intercepted.When using a Wi-Fi hot spot  you should only use it to access the web.  When using Wi-Fi in your office, you should consider using company intranet instead of a broad range internet access.If working from home, you will want to make sure that your network is secure by creating a strong password.

You should also be sure that you are aware of other potential computer threats.