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Mobile devices vulnerable over public Wi-Fi connections


With more small businesses enabling mobile workforces and giving their employees the option of working from anywhere, employees must be increasingly conscious of what Wi-Fi connections they are using, according to an article found in Entrepreneur magazine.

The magazine offers some advice to decrease the chance of an employee's device getting hacked or compromised through a Wi-Fi connection. While professional liability insurance can provide protection for companies that suffer a data loss or some other type of cyberliability issue, enterprises of course would be wise to avoid being put in that position.

One way to assure safety is to avoid automatically connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots. Adjust settings so connecting to a public Wi-Fi connection is a manual process, and always select the connection that has the most security.

Another suggestion by the magazine is to make sure sensitive websites encrypt sent and received data. Maxim Weinstein, executive director of StopBadware, told the magazine that sending and receiving information on unsecured public wireless networks can be like shouting in a crowded room. 

The website, which is run by several government agencies, also warns people to be very careful when connecting to public hotspots.

The website said one way to ensure security is to log out of accounts when you are done using them so other people on the connection cannot access them.

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