The number of public Wi-Fi networks is expected to grow to 432 million by 2020. As public Wi-Fi becomes more available, attacks on them will only increase. So what are the risks associated with using public Wi-Fi and how to avoid them?
Utilizing a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is one of the safest ways to keep data protected. In this webinar, we discuss how a cloud-based VPN can support the convenience of public Wi-Fi while adding extra security for business people to keep their data traffic encrypted and their company’s assets safe.
As public Wi-Fi has become more and more available, attacks on public networks have only increased. Cisco’s Visual Network report revealed that the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to grow 700%, from 64 million in 2015 to 432 million by 2020.
Some risks associated with using public Wi-Fi include:
One in five people and three in ten senior business managers have been hit by cybercrime while on the go. Here are a few examples of how these attacks happen:
With the rise of people working remotely and connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots with their mobile devices, businesses that are not equipped with a Business VPN Solution, are struggling to protect their confidential information.
Here are a few measures you can take right now to start protecting your data:
When you browse on a website you want to check for a green lock symbol at the start of the URL. This indicates that your traffic is being encrypted through SSL encryption technology and that the data transferred between your browser and the website is secured. However, this method is still vulnerable to SSL stripping.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a great way to prevent your accounts from being hacked. It ensures that, in addition to your username and password, the second layer of verification such as an SMS code is required. However, in the case of public Wi-Fi, this method only protects your account during the login process, so it isn’t enough to keep you safe online.
Many Wi-Fi hotspots are unsecured. However, your phone automatically remembers previous networks you’ve connected to and will reconnect to them even if you don’t interact with your phone. Since it’s important to make sure that the network you’re connecting to is authorized, reliable, and trustworthy, you should disable auto-join on your device.
With Perimeter 81, you can set up a private secure connection to another network which enables you to browse through an encrypted tunnel. Perimeter 81’s secure network access solution offers an easy-to-use security tool with many technical advantages, including:
With a secure network access solution, you can rest assured knowing that your entire network is protected. We’ve received special approval from Apple for our breakthrough feature automatic Wi-Fi security. When activated, the minute a user connects to an unsecured Wi-Fi network, we automatically activate an encrypted VPN channel to ensure that all their data is protected.
We also utilize 256-bit AES bank-level encryption, secure tunneling protocols including OpenVPN, L2TP over IPSec, and Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) which rotates encryption keys every 60 minutes. Our latest DNS Filtering Feature will add an extra layer of security by making sure harmful websites are not accessible.
All of those features make Perimeter 81 a perfect OpenVPN alternative, with a granular network auditing and a modern user interface.