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In today’s society, mainly due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have recognized that some roles can be done remotely. Remote work allows employees to work from home or public places such as libraries and coffee shops. As a business owner, informing your remote workers about the risks associated with connecting to public Wi-Fi is imperative, as it can potentially lead to hackers accessing your company’s confidential data. Increasing your business’s security starts with educating employees to prevent potential threats. To elevate your business’s security, contact Port Security Services to learn how our seasoned Cyber Security experts can help you protect your business’s sensitive data today. Keep reading to learn about the dangers of using public Wi-Fi while working remotely. 

How can using public Wi-Fi hurt my business?

When you are in your home or office, you have a secure Wi-Fi network you can connect to, making it easy to access the internet while ensuring your data is safe. However, when you venture out to public spaces, you cannot guarantee the free Wi-Fi that you are connecting to is secure, which puts any confidential data you have on your computer system at risk. Public Wi-Fi’s not as safe as personal networks, as you do not know who set it up or who else is connected. That said, it is always best to stick to well-known networks. If you are unsure if you can trust a well-known network, try to connect to one you have used in the past. Unfortunately, the more networks you try to connect to, the higher your risk of connecting to one that puts your sensitive data at risk. When connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it is critical not to give too much personal information away as it can result in hackers gaining access to your computer system.

One of the most effective ways to ensure your employees keep your business’s confidential data secure while using public Wi-Fi is to install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on their work devices. A VPN will provide your employees with a secure server while working outside their private or personal home network. A secure server makes it more difficult for hackers and other users to obtain sensitive information from your computer system. As a business owner, providing your employees with a secure VPN is imperative to avoid the potential risk of a data breach when working remotely on a public Wi-Fi server.

If you are a business owner, contact our cyber security experts, who can help protect your business by defending your computer servers and confidential data from malicious attacks.

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