Working wherever you want is an amazing perk. You don’t have to waste hours on commutes,you can stay productive at all times, and you never have to put up with annoying office drama. But while remote working arrangements offer a host of benefits, it’s not without its risks. Working outside means you won’t be protected by your company’s cybersecurity network.
What’s worse, cybercriminal activity is higher in certain areas. So if you do decide to telecommute, beware of working in the following places.
Connecting to public Wi-Fi networks in airports may be a great deal for business travelers, but it’s often a fast track to getting hacked. Airports are common hunting grounds for cybercriminals largely because there are so many people coming and going, and they often prioritize convenience before security.
The problem with public Wi-Fi is that hackers can intercept data being transmitted in these networks. If you send a private email through the airport’s unsecured network, connected hackers will also be able to read it. Cybercriminals can create rogue hotspots that steal information or install malware or both on any device that connects to them. For example, if you’re at JFK Airport, a potential rogue hotspot could be called “JFK2 Airport FREE WiFi.”
As tempting as it is to work with free internet, it’s best to steer clear of these networks. If you’re out of options, use virtual private networks (VPNs) — these obscure browsing activities even when you’re connected to a public hotspot.
Much like those in airports, coffee shop Wi-Fi networks are far from secure. Someone nearby can use a “sniffing” software to eavesdrop on Wi-Fi signals and monitor everything you do online. Using a VPN and disabling your mobile device’s file sharing settings will mitigate these risks.
Keep in mind that coffee shops are open spaces. So if you’re working on something confidential, make sure you’re seated where no one can spy on you. Also, never leave your devices unattended. Losing a device that has privileged access to your company’s IT infrastructure can be catastrophic.
Hotel networks can be just as bad as any coffee shop that offers free Wi-Fi. To log into most hotel networks, you only need a room number and a simple code (like your last name). The more complacent establishments don’t even set passwords! This lack of security means your internet activity is vulnerable to snooping from others sharing the network.
The best thing you can do is connect to a VPN whenever you need the internet from an unsecured hotel Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, stick to your mobile device’s 4G network. These are often equipped with encryption protocols, making it difficult for anyone to snoop around your device.
Checking up on your emails while you’re on the bus or train is also ill-advised. Other than watching over your shoulder, cybercriminals can infiltrate your device via Bluetooth and take control of it. That’s why you should disable Bluetooth and other file sharing settings when you’re not using them.
Protecting employee devices
Minding where you work and using a trusty VPN are vital to keeping your business safe. But how do you make sure your employees are just as vigilant when working remotely? Mobile device management (MDM) software allows you to monitor and secure company-registered mobile devices from a centralized console.
Red Key Solutions has all the tools and services to protect you and your remote workers from a slew of cyberattacks. Just call us today to get a cybersecurity strategy tailored to your business.