So, you are in some public area and using their free Wi-Fi hotspot to surf the web. Being so convenient and comfort, you are tempted that you might as well to do a little business or check your email while enjoying the surrounding environment. Well, that’s the point of Wi-Fi hotspots; being able to take care of a few things while in a relaxing atmosphere.
However, don’t get so relaxed that you ignore security and give all your confidential information to some unscrupulous hacker. They won’t be so obvious. When you’re thinking back, why don’t you trying to remember who was around when your password was stolen, you probably won’t remember the woman in the tastefully tailored business suit, and if, by chance, you do, she won’t be the one you suspect.
The best defense is to implement some simple security practices and measures that will safeguard your business and personal information. Here are some simple hot spot security tips for you:
Beware of those around you.
When you’re considering Wi-Fi security in public places one of the first safeguards is anything but high tech. Do what you can to keep prying eyes from your keyboard and screen. You pay good money for your monthly subscription and there’s no reason to let anyone piggyback or steal your credit card number as you sign up for a daily use fee at Starbucks.
Those of us who toil and travel are prime targets for those who may be of the persuasion to purloin. In other words, it’s quite possible to be targeted for laptop theft. Use a complex password to protect your files, folders and laptop from access by those villains of concourse and lobby. Don’t Share!
When using a Wi-Fi hotspot, make sure you disable file sharing. It might be great for the home and good at the office but it’s disaster in the making at your favorite coffee house.
Use a Personal Firewall
If you’re using a corporate laptop make sure you talk to your IT department before you install any firewalls but if the laptop you’re using is your own you can find yourself a good firewall that available and have good recommendation whether it is from user review, your laptop or your program support vendor.
Most of the reasons for using a firewall should be self-evident but, to say the least, you’ll want to be made aware of any traffic coming or going and any unusual communication between applications.