For a long time, Starbucks has called itself the ‘Third Place,’ which they defined as the place between home and work.

And while it could be a great place for a cup of coffee or to work outside the office, the truth is that your employees may be exposing your entire business to danger if they work from any ‘Third Place’ with public wi-fi.

Public networks like those at coffee shops and hotels are virtual playgrounds for hackers and cybercriminals. They love to hang out on these ‘open networks’ and attack people who use them by stealing data and passwords, and even installing malware.

Others go so far as to create ‘evil-twin’ public networks with a similar name—such as ‘hotel guest’—and wait for unsuspecting end users to log on so they can hijack their devices.

But it doesn’t end there.

Working from home poses its own set of issues, causing gaping holes in your security.

Even if your home network is private, chances are you or your employees don’t have the same firewalls and security at home as you would while using the company network.

Maybe your employees are careful, but how can you know that their kids aren’t using company devices to browse the internet, click on malicious links, and expose company data to malicious actors?

Just like you have locks on your doors, and perhaps even a security system installed at home, it’s equally important to have the proper safeguards for your company networks and data—no matter where your employees are working.

Luckily, you can help protect your business assets by working with an IT provider that offers a comprehensive cybersecurity package, including secure remote access tools and policies.

Not sure how (or if) your current IT provider is protecting your networks from these threats?

For a free 10-minute discovery call where we’ll talk about your current IT systems, concerns or even getting a competitive bid, you can go to: https://www.carefreeit.ca/discoverycall/ or give us a call at 519-883-7815.