Do you work remotely from public wifi spots? Think about it, do you log in to your social media whilst waiting for a train? When on holiday do you check your emails to stay on top of things? If you head out to meet a friend for a coffee, do you idly browse the internet whilst waiting?
If so, you really should consider using a VPN – Virtual Private Network – if you’re not doing so already.
Perhaps you move countries often for work or for personal reasons, or you travel to meetings regularly on public transport, whatever the reason each time you use a public wifi network you are accessing an unsecured network.
That puts you at risk.
Your email, bank account, cloud services usernames and passwords suddenly become much easier to find, and often it’s at busy airports, train stations or coffee shops where hackers will be hanging out, just waiting for those of you who are oblivious to the risk you’re now under.
Larger businesses are unlikely to have this issue, so if you have a company laptop and work remotely you probably don’t need to worry since your company most likely will have its own VPN.
However if you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur and work on the go, you really should invest in a personal VPN.
Put simply, a VPN provides users with the necessary encryption to secure everything you do online whilst in a public location.
There are lots of VPN’s available, some better than others, so it’s worth doing your research before buying the first one you come across.
The main things to be aware of are:
- The reliability and performance of a VPN will not be under your control, but instead it relies on the ISP they use which means your connection could be slower than usual.
- Compatibility may be a problem depending on the VPN chosen and the machine you’re running it on.
I’ve recently being looking into this for my own use as I often move locations within France and need to connect to unsecured networks to continue working, and whilst searching I came across a list of the best VPNs based on expert testing and reviews which helped me find my current VPN provider.
So to help minimise the research you need to do, click on this link and find the one that best suits your business:
Now rather than continuing to work online from public wifi spots insecurely, spend a few dollars per year to make sure you’re not susceptible to online hacks and thieves.