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Cybersecurity: Working Remotely and Utilizing Public WiFi

Educate your staff, remote workers on the risks

One of the many long-lasting impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic has been employees working in places other than office buildings. In the beginning, everyone was huddled at home, but as time has gone on and things have re-opened, employees may now be working in places with public internet connections, like coffee shops or libraries. While public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, and a coffee shop is a great place to get some work done, there are some security risks from these networks that users must take into consideration. 

When users are on a public Wi-Fi network, if they log onto a site that’s unencrypted or minimally encrypted, other users on the network can see their activity. This could result in a hacker gaining access to passwords, documents, and financial information just to name a few. If an employee is using public Wi-Fi for work purposes, a hacker could also gain access to sensitive company information. Users may also be sharing their information with the organization or business providing the free network. It’s important for organizations to train employees on the risks posed by public Wi-Fi networks.

While public Wi-Fi networks will always pose risks, there are a few things users can do to stay a little safer.

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