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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Public Wi-Fi

by | Mar 12, 2018 | MyTek Blog, Security

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Sometimes, when you absolutely need Wi-Fi, you might have to connect to a public connection. Though, this can be a problem since public connections are way less secure than private ones, especially when used for business purposes. What can you do if this is your only option and how can you keep safe from public Wi-Fi?

Here are some things you can do to limit the risk and the ultimate reason why public Wi-Fi connections are not as secure as you might hope they are.

The Real Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

If you’re out searching for a WiFi connection so you don’t have to use your phone’s personal data, you might choose one that isn’t protected by a password. This is convenient, for sure, but it should raise some red flags about its security. By connecting to a Wi-Fi connection with no password, you are opening up your activity to nosy onlookers who may be monitoring it. 

Hackers often hang around busy public wireless connections so they can steal information and be on the search for sensitive data. Without a password, nothing is holding hackers back from your information, and this can become super dangerous if you are working on anything business-related. 

Password Protection is Important

Your own networks should always have password protections, but you should also make sure any WiFi you use is password protected. When it comes to your own network, we recommend setting up multiple, so your employers and visitors are separated. We can even help you partition off your network so your resources are delegated to your workers and visitors.

When using a public Wifi connection, you should have an encryption solution so that your data can be protected as it is sent and received. If you need access to WiFi and there are options available that are locked, many businesses will be happy to give you the password.

Implement a Virtual Private Network

VPNs are great for securing your business’s data, especially if anyone on your team ever uses an unprotected connection. They encrypt your data by scrambling it while it is in transit. If anyone tries to take a peek at it, it will a jumbled mess and they won’t be able to get into it. VPNs are incredibly valuable because of this.

If your company needs a VPS, MyTek can help. Call today to learn more at 623-312-2440.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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