If you’re working remotely, a strong and reliable Wi-Fi connection can make or break you. This is the lifeblood of remote work and without it, you won’t be able to accomplish much.
It’s also essential that your Wi-Fi network is secure. If it isn’t, someone else could get hold of your personal or business data, which is a recipe for disaster.
On top of your own Wi-Fi network security, you have to think about your colleagues’ and clients’ security as well.
It’s a best practice to own your router and modem instead of renting equipment from your internet service provider. Data from all devices will pass through a rented router, so there are security risks.
Make sure to update your router regularly. You can update it through its web-based settings panel.
Public Wi-Fi hotspots are notoriously unsecure. It’s very easy for hackers to obtain your data, especially if it’s a public network with no password.
In fact, some public hotspots are set up specifically by hackers posing as public networks in order to get users’ data.
If you have to use public Wi-Fi, use one that requires a password to access the network. It will be more secure than one without.
To be extra safe, turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your devices when not using them, and set devices so they don’t automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks. Make sure all sharing is off.
The best way to ensure safety when you’re using a public network is to get your own VPN. A Virtual Private Network is like a private tunnel that encrypts all the data you’re sending.
Companies usually provide virus and malware protection for their employees. If you’re a remote worker on your own, install reliable security software yourself so that you have a line of defense against attackers.
By making a few key investments in your Wi-Fi security, you can protect yourself against malicious attacks while working remotely.
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