The dos and don’ts of Secure WiFi
Just because many of us have switched to working from home, doesn’t mean that your IT activity should be any less protected. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that you work on secure WiFi networks, to protect yourself and your business from unknown threats.
Here are a few dos and don’ts to stay secure when connected via WiFi:
Do: Secure your home network
If you do find yourself remote working for the foreseeable future, then it might be time to give your home set-up< a cyber security once-over.
Ensure your router’s settings are as private as possible, by using a complex password, to keep out any nosey neighbours.
You can use our free Password Generator to give you a secure password.
You should always use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to add an extra layer of security, when connecting to your company’s shared network or server. This helps to mask your IP address, your precise location, and all of your online activity, negating the risk of having your data intercepted from any prying eyes.
Don’t: Use public wifi
While you might not be out and about as often as twelve months ago, we recommend never using public WiFi.
For starters, there is no encryption for individuals using the same password and hotspot, making it easy for someone else within the same area to snoop in on your activity. Your password information for sites you login to while on public WiFi could be swiped by hackers.
If you need to check your emails on the go, it’s always a safer bet to use your mobile data instead.
Do: Look out for data encryption
The lack of data encryption is another reason why we’d suggest never connecting to a public network. Websites that have a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, are usually symbolised by the use of ‘https:’ in the address bar before the web address which indicate they are safer websites to visit – but remember, there are hackers and cyber criminals hiding everywhere so take precautions.
Accessing sites that don’t have this certificate on a public network is asking for trouble. It leaves the website itself open to being interfered with by criminals, who can then re-route pages to another almost identical website filled with malware, a common scam.
Do: Recognise the importance of email security
In addition to using a secure WiFi connection, you should also have email security in place.
Email security is more than just a spam filter. While a spam filter is all well and good, a defined email security system does much more. At Neuways, we are partnered with Mimecast, with our customers receiving the world’s best email security solution as a result.
With over 3.4 billion phishing emails sent daily, it is important to understand common phishing emails and to never interact with them, as to do so could cost your business dearly.
Do: Invest in multi-factor authentication
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a feature of most of our online lives nowadays. If you’re logging into an account from a new device or location, you’ll often be asked to confirm your identity via fingerprint analysis, or an email/text message.
MFA is an equally important tool in your work life, as without it, it’s a lot easier for hackers who’ve acquired your personal details, possibly through insecure WiFi, to gain access to your systems and data.
If in doubt, remember;
- Never use public WiFi
- Use a VPN when accessing your company network or server
- Ensure all your other security is in place such as email security and MFA