According to a 2015 survey, commissioned by AfterCollege, 68% of job seekers prefer working with employers who allow remote working.
Another study commissioned by FlexJobs in 2017 reports that the trend in remote working has increased by 115% since the last decade.
However, it is not all good news when it comes to remote working as the ever-growing trend has brought a plethora of challenging security threats for corporates.
98% of Corporates Say They are “Very” or “Somewhat Concerned” by Mobile Security
According to the iPass Mobile Security Report 2017, nearly 98% of organizations that took part in the survey agree to be “very” or “somewhat” concerned by mobile security challenges which have increased due to mobile workforce.
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There is valid reasoning behind the online security concerns of organizations across the globe. The following are some security threats that they could face due to remote working:
- The BYOD trend that remote workers strictly follow is a delight for hackers. After all, the workforce is usually on the go which means they are outside the IT security protection that is maintained within office premises.
- Remote workers willingly connect to public Wi-Fis when they see a free, strong Wi-Fi signal. Little do they know, public Wi-Fi poses great threats to online security!
- Since majority of the remote workforce’s devices lack adequate security protection, they are prone to malicious applications that are built to steal data.
- Once connected, a compromised device of a remote worker could easily infect the entire network of a corporate.
- Apart from identity theft, online fraud or data breach, a remote worker’s device could even be used for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack to damage a corporate’s IT infrastructure.
Wireless Security Threats and Vulnerabilities
There are a great number security vulnerabilities associated with remote access technologies including wireless devices like Wi-Fis. Let’s take a quick look at some of the top wireless vulnerabilities and exploits:
- Man in the Middle Attack (MITM): It is one of the common attacks used by hackers and data snoopers. There are many ways through which MITM attack can be conducted such as breaking the session and creating a fake one so that the attacker can intercept the transmission or even modify the data.
- KRACK Wi-Fi Vulnerability: KRACK is one of the latest wireless vulnerabilities of 2017. It is a vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol of Wi-Fis, enabling hackers to gain access and steal unencrypted data.
- Replay Attack: This type of attack is aimed at authentication sessions. The attacker replays the authentication sessions to compromise a network or gain access to sensitive information.
- MAC Address Spoofing: In this type of attack, the attacker spoofs the MAC address to show himself as a valid user. The attacker then hijacks the sessions so that he can spy in on the traffic.
- Rogue Access Points: As the name suggests, these are malicious access points set up by attackers in mostly public areas so they can attack devices that connect to such points assuming it’s genuine.
Shocked with all the online security chaos that remote working brings? Well, it is not all that bad….really!
Here’s How Remote Workers Use Wi-Fi Securely
Fortunately, there are some smart remote workers in the world that take Wi-Fi security seriously. In fact, they take the necessary security measures when connecting to Wi-Fis.
So, without further ado, let’s meet those 27 remote workers who use Wi-Fi securely:
- Laurence Norah has been working as a professional travel blogger since 2010 and runs the travel blog, FindingtheUniverse. He says:
- Max Robinson from FishTankBank says:
- Jon Wadsworth, a computer consultant in Dixon, says:
- Alexis Wilke, CEO of Made to Order Software Corporation, says:
- Ryan Biddulph, a digital nomad who runs the travel blog BloggingFromParadise, says:
- Simon Ponder, SEO Outreach Manager at ImageFreedom, says:
- Mike Mood, from Lamood LLC, says:
- Cindy Richards, the owner of TravelingMom LLC, says:
- Ben Worthington, the founder of IELTSPodcast.com and a frequent traveler, says:
- Jason Decker, a digital nomad and the owner of NomadTravelHacker, says:
- James Hunt, a location independent entrepreneur, says:
- Bryan Sarlitt, a digital nomad since 2014 and owner of Nomader, says:
- Dary Merckens, CTO at Gunner Technology, says:
- Monica Mizzi, Content Director at Compose.ly, says:
- Elias Arosemena, the head of digital marketing at CEOWorld, says:
- James C, owner of Portugalist, says:
- Chris Backe, a blogger at OneWeirdGlobe, says:
- 21stcenturyexpat, a Reddit user, says:
- Mike Desjardins, owner of RemotelyAwesomeJobs, says:
- Praval Singh, a senior product marketing leader at Zoho, says:
- Flyingdingo, a Reddit user, says:
- Kevin Graham, owner of FreshFeedback, says,
- ChrisVan Patten, partner and creative director at Tomodomo, says:
- Taylor Coil, a full-time remote employee at Tortuga, says:
- Rikki Ayers, a remote employee and blogger at OwnUpGrownUp, says:
- Lola Mendez, owner of Miss Filatelista, says:
- Mark Larsen, CTO of Verifire, says:
4 Reasons That Make VPN a Must for Remote Working Securely
As we have seen above, majority of these remote workers use VPN for online security. Let’s learn what makes a VPN perfect for secure remote working:
- Since a VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to send and receive traffic through an encrypted tunnel, you are able to establish a secure connection with your office’s network.
- A VPN allows you to join public Wi-Fis in a secure manner that it makes you completely hidden from the prying eyes of hackers.
- By using a VPN like PureVPN, you can too evade malicious traffic through technologies like IDS/IPS and Antivirus.
- A VPN allows you to access a dedicated office network even when you are working from a different region.
So, the next time you join a Wi-Fi while working remotely, make sure to protect your data with the security measures listed by your fellow remote workers above.
You can work remotely and remain secure at the same time – all it takes is a little caution!
If you are a remote worker and want to recommend safety measures when connecting to a Wi-Fi, feel free to share your valuable comments below. We will add your recommendations in the tips listed above.