I’ll Have a Vanilla Caramel Latte and That Hacker Over There Will Have All of My Company’s Information
Refuse to Share
Sharing is good, right? Not on public Wi-Fi it isn’t. When working remotely, be sure to check your file and print share options so that you’re not leaving your data out in the open. Since this option enables file-sharing between more than one computer or printer, your private data (or your company’s private data) may be more easily accessed when sharing is left on, especially if it’s not password-protected. This is one of those situations when refusing to share is actually a good thing. Check to make sure your data sharing options are disabled and you have a good chance of KEEPING your private information private.
Do You Really Need to Connect?
It’s almost automatic when using a public network to log on, and then just stay connected for the duration of your visit. If you only need to access a certain amount of information online, and can then log off and continue to work offline, be sure to do so. You limit your exposure to hackers the less time you spend actually connected. It’s also a good idea to double-check the name of the Wi-Fi connection before logging in. Sometimes similar-sounding networks are created by hackers to collect passwords and other information, so be sure the one you are logging into is actually the one you want. Usually you will be asked for a password, which also helps ensure security.
Look Over Your Shoulder
It goes without saying that you should always be aware of those around you and to never leave sensitive data or information lying around. If possible, do your banking or expenses at home. Pay your bills somewhere else. Don’t enter your credit card information or account numbers over a public Wi-Fi connection if you don’t really need to.