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Does offering Wi-Fi open your business up to hackers?

| Mar 10, 2020 | Cybercrime

Not too long ago, your customers did not expect you to offer Wi-Fi while visiting your business. If they knew there would be a wait, they assumed they would have to entertain themselves.

While it may have started with coffee shops, offering Wi-Fi is now something nearly every business offers. With such easy access to the internet, there could be additional risks to your business.

Here’s what you should know about protecting your business from hotspot hackers.

Keep it separate

The most important way to protect your business is to keep your company business off of the “guest” network that you offer to your customers.

Make sure your employees know the risks associated with connecting to the guest Wi-Fi instead of your dedicated connection. Help them connect their computer or other devices, so they understand how to protect themselves and your business from potential threats.

How serious is the problem?

Places that offer free Wi-Fi can provide a wealth of information for a hacker to take advantage of. Someone equipped with a virus or other nefarious plan can go to a place with free Wi-Fi and find openings to attack your business as well as others who are using your Wi-Fi to conduct their own business.

There are several types of attacks a hacker can launch using a business’ Wi-Fi network. It is essential to remind your employees and customers to protect themselves and their information. One way to protect your data is to use a virtual private network (VPN) to create a secure connection.

Offering free Wi-Fi can be a great low-cost benefit to your customers, but it is essential to take precautions. Make sure you take the time to protect your company’s information from potential hackers.