Keep your business yours – when using Public Wi-Fi

Five Tips to keep your business yours when using Public Wi-Fi

  1. If you’re not going to use it, turn off WIFI connectivity completely on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.  Then you’re guaranteed no one can access it.  To do so, use Settings on your device.
  2. Don’t join a public or free network in the list of available networks until you’ve confirmed with the trusted establishment you’re in, that you’ve got the right one.  It’s possible a rogue site has been established with a name very similar to the real thing and they’ll sniff out your personal details.
  3. Unless your device tells you the WIFI is encrypted, all the data you send and receive will be unencrypted and therefore, accessible—passwords, email messages, etc.
  4. If you have to connect to an unencrypted or unfamiliar network, avoid doing anything on your device that you wouldn’t want anyone else to see.  Avoid online banking, personal shopping or accessing confidential company details.  Don’t use email unless it is over an https connection (webmail access via https).  Stick to simple web surfing if you do not have any extra protection built in to your device.
  5. If you are on the road a lot and need peace of mind for your mobile devices, a VPN may be the way to go and Matrix can help you put it in place for your company.  A VPN is a Virtual Private Network—it provides an encrypted secure “tunnel” into the internet from your device.  The information stays isolated from other computers on the intermediate network neighbourhood.
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