Thanks to cloud technology, professionals can connect to their files from anywhere, using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Whether they’re spending the morning working at a coffee shop or checking email in an airplane 30,000 feet above the Earth’s surface, the ability to get extra work done is crucial for today’s busy entrepreneurs.
But what should be in the forefront of every entrepreneur’s mind is, “How do I keep devices safe while on the road?”
Security experts have long warned about the risks associated with public WiFi, which can be open to hacking attempts by people connected to the same network. That empty coffee shop’s network could extend to the parking lot and nearby buildings, so you may not even see the person collecting your information while you work. Here are a few things you can do to protect your devices while you’re on the road.
Security Tips When Traveling with Mobile Devices
Virtual Private Networking
The top tool of choice to avoid hacking attempts is a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which creates a protected tunnel through which data can travel. Once a VPN is in place, it erects a wall between your device and anyone else on the network, allowing information to move directly between the device and the connected server. Businesses can invest in their own VPN clients through services like Cisco .
Invest in a Hotspot
Instead of connecting to public WiFi, you can purchase a hotspot that will keep you connected wherever you are. If you have unlimited data on your smartphone, you can probably create a hotspot already by tethering a laptop to your iPhone or Android device. Many carriers charge a monthly fee for the ability to tether, so it may be more financially wise to invest in a mobile hotspot, which are provided by most major carriers. You’ll pay for the hotspot, plus a monthly fee to use it, but it will keep you connected without having to scramble to connect to hotel, airport and coffee shop networks.
Extend Business Security to Your Mobile Devices
Security breaches aren’t the only concern for traveling professionals. The risk of misplacing your smartphone or tablet is high, especially as you’re rushing through airports and hotels. If the wrong person picks up that device, all of the data on it could easily be compromised, especially if you haven’t set up a passcode to unlock it.
You can protect your company from security exposures in this scenario by employing a security solution that not only protects your on-site business but extends to your mobile devices. One solution, Bitdefender’s GravityZone Security for Mobile Devices, allows you to apply security measures to all mobile devices in your business, including remotely locking and locating lost and stolen devices.
Centrally managed security policies allow simple enforcement of security features on mobile devices, including screen lock after a number of minutes or complex passwords with a maximum number of failed attempts. If the device cannot be recovered, the information can be simply wiped to minimize the risk of data leakage.
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