There are many ways for a computer to get hacked. Using Wi-Fi, especially an unsecured free network, is the low-hanging fruit for hackers. There are five often-overlooked ways for your computer to get hacked by using public Wi-Fi. Learn the hacker-traps and find out how you can tell if you’ve been hacked with the warning signs listed below.
Do your employees travel locally, nationally, or internationally? They could easily fall prey to a hacker who set a Wi-Fi trap and is just waiting for victims to make a mistake, granting access to victims’ computers and their company’s network.
Imagine these scenarios:
Most secured public Wi-Fi networks will have some security in place. Here is what to look for before and just after you log onto public Wi-Fi.
Terms and conditions: A genuine public Wi-Fi network offered by a store or an office will immediately ask users to sign a terms and conditions page. If this does not happen, ask an employee to verify their network’s name.
Error messages: If applications stop working or browser error messages start being displayed, the network could be a phantom.
Ask a staff member: If you are at a hotel, coffee shop, train station, etc., staff members should be able to confirm if a W-iFi network is legitimate or not.
A reliable VPN ensures all internet activity is secured.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) secures internet activity in two ways:
Tunneling allows the user to choose one of the VPN’s remote servers to log onto the internet. This hides the user’s IP address and your internet activity.
Encryption protects all internet activity, communications, and passwords. Privatise Business VPN is designed specifically for managers responsible for many computers and users. It runs invisibly in the background and protects all internet activity.
Privatise was designed with busy Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in mind. It is deployed with a click and there are no passwords to remember because Privatise launches automatically. The dashboard provides a great at-a-glance overview as well as the ability to drill down and see individual clients’ usage. Unlike other VPNs, Privatise logs the time users are on the internet protected by Privatise. The internet activity is private, just the amount of time is logged.
In an upcoming blog, we will discuss what to do if your computer was hacked. Subscribe now to see it. To prevent hacks, your business should hire an MSP and every employee should access the internet through a business VPN. Privatise Business VPN is always working silently in the background to protect employees and company networks. Learn more.
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