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Public WiFi is very convenient. It allows you connectivity regardless of time of day in your exact location – as long as there is a public WiFi available.
However, when it comes to security, public WiFi is just that – public. You have to assume that everything you do over it can be intercepted. So you would not like to expose your company data or your passwords to the possibility of snooping, man-in-the-middle attacks or other forms of online scams. The loss of company data would after all lead to monetary consequences and loss of reputation – which at the end will come down to money as well.
Since employees today work from all kinds of locations, and in many cases using public WiFi connections, how do you safeguard your critical company data?
Of course, common sense will help a bit: don’t connect to just any free WiFi, but check it is what it claims to be. The hotel / restaurant / coffee shop personnel will be able to tell you the name of their WiFi hotspot. Using only secure connections, patching the computer, using two-way authentication and closing all sessions after usage are all part of the best practices.
But, in case you wish to make it simple – there is an easy solution to stay safe when working on the road: Private VPN.
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, allow users to securely access a private network and share data remotely through public networks. Much like a firewall protects your data on your computer, VPNs protect it online.
Another aspect of mobile security is the device management.
Employees use a huge array of devices for both work and leisure. To be able to keep your company assets safe, you need an easy way to manage and control this fleet, whether it is the company PC, or a personal mobile smart phone. With proper device management, you can rest assured that the devices don’t spread malicious code into your company network.
One more point to think about is the anti-theft function, which at some point was already declared “ancient and unnecessary”. This, however, is not the case. Employees will lose their devices from time to time due to theft or carelessness. When that happens, it is not the device itself that counts – it’s all the data in it. It is still as valid as ever to be able to remotely lock and wipe the confidential data on the mobile device.
Last, but not least, you need anti-malware for your whole fleet. And, that anti-malware has to meet the requirements of modern protection, keeping all your devices and communication secure with whatever device you use.
Drawing inspiration from this reality, we currently have a solution for you – Freedome for Business provides device management, secure VPN and mobile security in one package. You can encrypt personal in- and outgoing mobile traffic for better security in the open WiFi network. It is part of the Protection Service for Business solution, which covers all your security needs.