7 Dangers of Public WiFi That Could Put Your Business At Risk

Working remotely may be a part of your job, but you should be mindful of the following risks using public Wi-Fi and how to avoid them.

1. Rogue Wi-Fi networks

A network titled “Free Wi-Fi” may be set up by an attacker to gather your business's valuable data.

2. Man-in-the-middle attacks

A third party could intercept data from your device. Hackers have the ability to position themselves between employees using the Wi-Fi and the connection point.

3. Distribution of malware over unsecured Wi-Fi

Hackers could use unsecured Wi-Fi connections to distribute malware. If your computer or device has an infected software it can financially cripple your business.

4. Snooping and sniffing

Hackers could use special software kits which enable them to eavesdrop on Wi-Fi signals. It allows cybercriminals to access everything remote workers are doing online, enabling them to capture logic credentials or even hijack accounts.

5. Malicious attacks through ad hocs

Ad hocs connect two computers directly through peer-to-peer networks. When remote workers use public Wi-Fi they gain access to discover new networks, which makes it easier for hackers to directly connect to them.

6. Password and username vulnerability

Public Wi-Fi usage makes your Business vulnerable to having passwords or usernames stolen. Certain websites use secure socket later or HTTPs to provide better security.

7. Exposure to worm attacks

Worms mimic viruses, except they do not need a specific program to attack to compromise a system. When you connect to public Wi-Fi, you run the risk of a worm traveling to your computer from another device.

Steps to Take Before Using Public Wi-Fi

  1. Convert to a more secure HTTPs providing critical security and protecting personal information.
  2. Set up a VPN for the company’s network and ask remote workers to always log in to shield their activity from cybercriminals on public Wi-FI.
  3. Advise that remote users turn off Wi-Fi auto-connect settings and Bluetooth discoverability settings to prevent hackers from gaining peer-to-peer access to their devices.
  4. Ensure all remote workers have a firewall enabled at all times.
  5. Make sure all devices are covered by good anti-malware software and anti-sniffing protection.
  6. Use a mobile hotspot from your mobile carrier or connect to your mobile device avoiding all public Wi-Fi.
  7. Set up Business policies and continue to educate your workers on how to effectively avoid risk and protect their devices.