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14Aug

The risks of using public Wi-Fi

A recent study has revealed that logging into public Wi-Fi at hotels and cafes may not be as safe as you first thought. Cyber security expert, Colin Tankard has shared the secrets of how hackers are accessing computers and smartphones without them actually even knowing and it all starts with a small device.

The device, known as a ‘Pineapple’ is a small black box with two antennae, which at first glance can look like your average remote login system but the black box has the ability to spy on unsuspecting users every move.

The gadget will set a hacker back £200, however once in their hands they will be able to imitate a Wi-Fi signal in a public place and can pick up details from those who join the network such as passwords, addresses and even credit card details.
It’s quite unsettling to think that users can be spied on when accessing a network that they think is safe, so it’s important to ensure that your business laptops and other remote devices are secure.

Here are some top tips to consider:

1.    Secure your business devices: Make sure that all of your remote business devices are secured with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This will ensure that your colleagues can safely surf when out on the road. The VPN will encrypt what your colleague is looking at making it unreadable for any sneaky hackers trying to catch a peek.
2.    Use protected networks: Make sure that your team are up to scratch on how to access a safe network. Normally logging into a secure network will require you to register and input details including name, email address, phone number and sometimes even a date of birth. It’s also important to make sure that your own business network is safe and password protected.
3.    Don’t Save Passwords: We all know that writing down passwords is not great practice but neither is saving a password on a device to enable auto-logins. If you are working on a remote, shared device it is really important to ensure that you don’t save any passwords and ensuring you log out of your systems too.

For more information on cyber-securing your business, speak to one of our experts on 01453 700800 or click here.

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