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Working from public Wi-Fi

07 August 2017

We all do it! It’s free, unlimited and often faster than 4G… However, there is an inherent risk when connecting to a Wi-Fi network which isn’t secure.

In order for your sales staff to scoff a Maccies breakfast whilst sending work emails on the go, here are some security hints and tips:

Always ensure all of your staff’s software is up to date – including Windows, Office and any third-party applications. This is to minimise the rise of being hacked using old methods; just like what recently happened with the NHS.

Keep antivirus and firewall software running and updated as often as possible. Antivirus is particularly important, ideally with web and email scan too. It also reports alerts back to your IT department, which can be extremely helpful. Firewall is built into Windows but can manually be disabled – we advise against ever disabling your firewall.

Try not to use the internet directly, if at all possible – use VPN or RDS to access company data. VPN is a private tunnel between your computer and the company network – this is encrypted and data cannot be read by anyone else. RDS is a remote desktop connection to a company server. This is also encrypted and no internet browsing is done on your device.

If using the internet, check for HTTPS to show websites are secure and trusted. If it’s green, it’s good! And if it has a name, it’s even better!

Have a password expiration policy and password complexity requirement for all members of staff. This reduces the risk of password guessing.

Allow minimal data to be stored on devices that are working offsite. This means if a laptop is compromised, very little data can be taken.