Unsecure Public Wifi Networks Increase Hacker Risks

Free and convenient internet access at restaurants, parks, on buses, in malls, or anywhere else allows people to browse websites, catch up on their social media pages, and email friends. Using personal devices during lunch breaks, while traveling, in between classes, or waiting to pick up the kids is becoming more and more popular. People with hectic schedules take full advantage of those short downtime periods throughout the day to shop, complete banking tasks online, or check the latest news.

That free convenience does have a price in the form of increased hacker risks. It took no time or password for you to gain access to the internet, and the same is true for cyber-criminals. It also takes no time or password for them to gain access to your device while using unsecure public wifi networks. It does not matter if people are using their smart phones, tablets, or laptops hackers can gain access to accounts, emails, passwords for online sites, social media pages, and any other information accessible on that device. Identity theft, fraud, and cyber-crimes are happening at an alarming rate. These criminals are not lurking in the shadows, they are in the next booth at McDonald’s.

Dangers and vulnerabilities effect businesses in the same manner. The network used at the office or primary location may be secure, but hackers are smart. They are sending harmless looking emails to employees who are checking their accounts at work. They are infiltrating databases when an employee accesses files on a personal device rather than using a business one. Mobile workforce professionals are at higher risk as many networks wavier in security as distance is covered. Accessing designs for a field project, going over financing with a coworker, or inputting new data can be compromised by a hacker.

It is also easy to use the wrong cell phone or tablet to access information. Mistaking a personal device for a business one can have devastating results. Business owners can take extra steps to improve protection against hackers. User access management services are one way to eliminate the chance of personal devices being used for business purposes. Protocols are put in place that ensures only authorized personnel can access files, databases, and documents on authorized devices.