It’s important to appreciate that public networks are inherently unsecure; they require no authentication for a user to establish a network connection and do not filter inbound connections, making it easy for hackers to access unsecured devices on the network. As most users do not use WiFi encryption & security tools to encrypt and protect data while in transit, hackers can easily intercept data and business-critical information by positioning themselves between the user and the hotspot – all without the user ever knowing.
When it comes to accessing the business’ private network using an unsecured public or home WiFi network, a solution that provides WiFi encryption & security tools, such as a VPN, is a must. While many VPN and online privacy solutions offer businesses a degree of security, they are often not designed to align with specific business privacy and security needs. Privatise’s solution, however, is designed with businesses in mind. It is a scalable, easy-to-use solution that comes equipped with sophisticated WiFi encryption & security tools to ensure connections to any private network are secure, authenticated, and properly protected.
Connecting to unsecured public WiFi networks, such as those at cafes, airports, bus and train stations, hotels and event venues, for example, to access a private business network comes with a number of risks, some of which are:
Hackers can eavesdrop on WiFi signals on unsecured public networks to monitor your activity and capture information – from viewing the web pages you visit, to stealing login credentials.
Attackers on public networks have access to your IP address and can therefore readily access information on your computer to identify vulnerabilities and exploit those weaknesses.
VPNs allow you to securely access your business’ private network and share data remotely through public networks. In the same way that a firewall protects data on your computer, a VPN protects your data when you are online.
Small and medium businesses face a plethora of cyber security threats on a daily basis. But the biggest threat is closer to home than they think – their own employees. In our eBook we examine how employees are putting their company’s privacy at risk and investigate the steps that can be taken to mitigate the potential problems.