Who doesn't love free Wi-Fi? It's convenient when you're away from home and saves you from using up all your data. But all that convenience comes at a risk you may not realize until it's too late! An unsecured network could compromise your device and the work you are doing without your knowledge. Then like a virus it could be spread to everyone you share this work with including coworkers and clients. For this reason, there are a few things to keep in mind when working remotely.
Free Wi-Fi may sound good but you should be aware of the security risks some types of networks could pose for your devices and info. Think of it this way, your Wi-Fi is secure because it requires a password that keeps it protected. With that in mind you should be weary of free Wi-Fi that is easy to connect to and doesn't prompt you for a password, and isn't tied to a specific location like a coffee shops. The best Wi-Fi will require you to request the password or have a hidden network name or SSID in order to add additional layer of security.
As annoying as it may be having to wait to log into your accounts until you've received a text code or email, it prevents anyone who doesn't have your email or phone from getting into your account. You've probably already encountered it on some websites and apps when you try and recover your password and they send you a code via phone or email. This can help prevent security breaches, safeguards access to your accounts, and maintains compliance.
Turning off Wi-Fi
Now that we know that some networks can hide dangers if they are not secure, you should be aware that while Wi-Fi on your phone is active, your phone will always be looking to connect to any available networks. So when you're working remotely or out in public, try and work offline as much as possible until you can connect to a network you can trust. This will not only protect your device and information from treats, it'll also keep your battery from draining as fast as it would with the Wi-Fi feature on.
Every company has their preferred platform of remote access work, but that does not always line up with the employees proffered platform. It is important that the method workers are using is always pre-approved by the company so it meets compliance requirements that it does not violate security requirements. VPN's (Virtual Private Networks) are popular because of their encryption capabilities, but who hasn't been timed out while they were in the middle of something at least once? That is because it uses the network in order to connect. For a more reliable option, Direct Access establishes with the machine you're using so they are authenticated and secure. You'll be able to get more work done without worrying about getting kicked off as long as you have a reliable internet connection.
There are many things that go into being safe and working efficiently away from the office. It is important that we stay informed on new and improving methods so that we can remain up to date. By remaining up-to-date, we can protect ourselves from breaches in security and use the best equipment available to get our work done.