Unisys Study Finds WiFi Security Risks, Recommends Personal VPNs


A new study out of New Zealand has highlighted the huge security risks for those accessing wireless networks.

In an accompanying interview, the study’s author shares many of the same sentiments that we report on regularly:

“There is an ever-expanding range of WiFi-enabled devices…add this to the bevy of free WiFi access in high traffic public places, such as cafes, airports, fast food outlets and shopping centres, and you get a landscape that is ripe for cybercriminals.”

“Imagine what someone could find out about you by intercepting your emails of online banking transactions – or what they could find out about your employer’s business.”

“It is safe to use public WiFi – you just need to make sure that you secure the “pipe” that your data flows through so that unwanted people can’t intercept the data. For example a virtual private network (VPN) is a secure connection that sits on your laptop – this is a good option for employers to secure employees who connect to the corporate network from outside the office.”

The interview also shares many security tips, including the following:

  1. Lock access to your mobile device with a hard-to-guess password or PIN so no one else can use it.
  2. Change your passwords regularly.
  3. Be aware of who can see and read data on your PC’s screen.
  4. When accessing your work network over the Internet, use a secured virtual private network.
  5. If you or your employees need to access sensitive corporate data from a public or shared-use device, use a Secure Virtual Terminal solution for added protection.
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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.