How to work securely from wireless hotspots

The trend has changed; now people not only work in their offices or homes but are also working when they are on the move or while having a cup of coffee in any restaurant. This “work while you move” trend has become possible by seamless connectivity with the Internet which makes your computer still a part on any network so that you can access your information, mails, chats etc while moving or while sitting at some third location other than your office or home. This interconnectivity is provided by many hotels, restaurants, cafe, waiting rooms and it is mostly free of cost. All you need is a portable device which has a wireless connection capability and you would be able to connect these hotspots and access the Internet. This is an amazing service offered for customers but if you are not fully prepared then you can end up in compromising your information to someone unknown. These hotspots are public networks and there are many unknown users connected to it. Once you connect your laptop to such network it becomes a part of it and if you do not have adequate security measures on your laptop then someone can easily intrude into your computer. In this post we will give you some tips to keep your computer and data safe while you work in a public wireless network.

Secured Network: Always try to rely only on secured networks. Secured networks send and receive encrypted signals and makes is very tough for anyone who tries to sniff what your computer is sending or receiving. If the network is secured then only people who are authorised to use that public network will be able to connect to it thus allowing less users and less risk. For connecting to any secure network all you need is to ask for the passkey from any authorised personal.

Firewall: Make sure that your computers firewall is ON while you work on a public network. Firewall scans the incoming traffic and blocks any intrusion keeping your desired traffic to flow seamlessly. Firewall monitors the ports through which the data packets travel and intrusion happens through some uncommon ports which a firewall can easily identify and block.

Access Points: There are various occasions when we use any wireless network and add it to our list and forget. The next time when we take our laptop in the vicinity of that network it connects automatically. Avoid such settings. You should always be aware of the access point to which your computer is connected. Do not save the access points in Windows for automatic connections.

Disable File and Printer Sharing: This is the most important tip. Why to give others a chance to even try and intrude. If your file and printer sharing is on then people connected on the same network can easily browse your computer’s shared files by going to their Network and Sharing centre. Always turn this feature Off.

Make Personal folders private: Private folders are the ones which can be opened by only your user account. Try keeping any sensitive data or information in such folders. Folders like Documents, Desktop and Pictures which gets created automatically when you create a user account in Windows are considered to be private.

File Encryption: Files encrypted by you on one system cannot be opened on any other system. This is very good way of securing your data. Even if someone gets these files of yours still he would not be able to open them.

Do not keep sensitive data: Try not to keep very sensitive data on the computer which you use publicly. There are people who always try spying into somebody else’s personal life or data, so why give them a chance. Keep extra personal data only on one dedicated system at home or at office and avoid such risks.

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