Remote work gives us the luxury of working wherever it suits us and our busy schedules. While for most of us, this will be our homes; for others, it could be a favourite café or public transport. Technology has made it easier to work away from an office setting, with laptops being light and portable, while our mobiles can be used to answer emails on the go. These handy devices help us to utilise the most of our time, especially if our jobs take us on the move. This may be good news for business productivity levels, but it does come with some pitfalls that many of us may be overlooking.
When you work remotely, you are accessing the public Wi-Fi connections of the place where you are working; this can leave you susceptible to cyber-attacks by hackers who could access your data stream. Even the most novice hackers can use “sniffer” software that allows them to preview online activity, capture passwords and identify personal data of the people near them.
An even simpler method for hackers is visual hacking. Data can be captured by looking over the shoulder of an individual to see what passwords they’re typing in, what databases they’re looking at and what sites they’re accessing.
Some cyber-attackers might access your devices through your Bluetooth connection. Through this approach, they can take control of your phone to record future calls (blue bugging) or can hijack your data (blue-snarfing).
With that being said, many of you may be wondering which places you’re most at risk. So, without further ado, here are some of the common places where you could be hacked:
Many of us travel, for work or pleasure, regularly. More often than not, airports are the gathering place of many mobile workers or internet-surfers looking to occupy themselves as they wait for their departure. Any trip to an airport lounge will have people on devices, but how many of these people can you trust? Airports are an ideal place for a visual hacker to find victims whose minds are on other things or hacking via the public Wi-Fi connection. Why not indulge in a good book instead?
What remote worker can function without coffee? We don’t know many! It only makes sense that they would gather at cafés to work through their to-do list. You may even find some time to take care of some personal errands too. But with tables packed tightly together, you may be sat next door to some nosey neighbours who have an appetite for more than cake.
A lot of people can gather at hotel lobbies waiting. It’s only natural for us to pull out a device to fill up the time we have to wait for check-ins, taxis, people or events. However, a hotel lobby could be an opportune place for a hacker to wait for an unsuspecting target, too. It pays to be vigilant, and perhaps wait to do your work when you’re in a secure location.
Trains and buses are a daily part of our routines, so we may not think twice when using our devices on them. But, you could be riding with a cyber-attacker looking to steal your data in any way they can.
What do all of these places have in common? Public places with lots of people. Protecting your devices and data should be of paramount importance, especially if you regularly use your devices in public gathering spots. Make sure to use a secure internet connection, have up-to-date spyware on your laptop and utilise phone privacy screen protectors. These innovative 4-way black-out films work by obscuring the visibility of the screen at 45-degree angles. Through narrowing the sight of vision, only the person looking directly at the screen can view the content. Contact our team to find out more about our privacy plus screen protectors and the devices you can use them on.