Digital Security Quick Tip: Protect Your WiFi Signal

WiFi Digital SecurityRecently I talked about basic digital security tips and how to survive when your mobile world is, well, not mobile but we left an important element out of these posts: how to protect your WiFi signal (and your computer) from malicious intent.

Many people traditionally focus on router based security – securing the router that distributes the WiFi signal – but this post will quickly highlight what you can do on your end, as a computer user, to protect yourself.

WiFi protection software essentially amounts to an added, yet specialized, firewall on your computer that is targeted to ward off malicious threats and thwart snoopers.  As mentioned in a recent post, LaptopMD recommends the Kaspersky and PC Tools anti-virus/firewall products but a standalone program you might consider solely for WiFi protection is HotSpot Shield which forces website encryption (when available), masks your IP address to snoopers limiting access to your machine, and protects your computers from all possible snoopers (whether you’re at an airport, hotel, or in your own backyard) among other features.

As cautioned before: digital protection online starts when you think proactively and while programs are necessarily needed they help share the load when it comes to protection online.

Surviving ‘The Cloud’ on a Sunny Day

We’ve been talking a lot recently about cloud computing, what it means to you both now and in the future, and the conversation continues but I recently ran across an online article on how to survive in the mobile world when the proverbial plug gets pulled away.

Here are a few quick tips to help you overcome the weakest Wi-Fi signal in the most digitally barren environment:

Invest in a Wi-Fi hotspot from your cell phone provider: If you know you’re going to need an internet signal and you’re going to be on the road, having one of those nifty Wi-Fi hotspots will help you immensely.  If you want to travel light, look into tethering your iPhone or Android to your computer.  It will probably cost you a bit extra but be well worth the convenience in money, size, and reduced anxiety.

Have a backup plan: The cloud is the future but right now things are still touch and go, especially with limited internet connections in some parts of the country.  Have a backup plan:

Make sure to have a solid set of offline tools so that you can still work when you’re disconnected, and keep local copies of anything business-critical (your schedule, for example).

Investing yourself fully in the cloud, at this point, is not a wise idea if you plan on being away from a steady internet connection and you need access.  Rest assured, the full cloud is coming soon!

Look for Wi-Fi spots Near Where You Are: New York City is a great place to work remotely because there are about as many open/free Wi-Fi spots in the City as there are people!  You can look at websites, such as Open WiFi Spots, and find available/trusted networks near you.  As always, practice safety when using open networks as these networks are more susceptible to shady characters snooping on your incoming and outgoing digital connections.

Stay tuned for digital security tips and best practices from LaptopMD.

Tell me in the comments – what are your remedies to your (im-)mobile frustrations?