I have a Virtual
Office. . .
. . .
wherever I am, there's my office. As a result, I rely a
lot on public WiFi to send and receive e-mails from my
notebooks. Are there special security measures I should be
taking? And am I asking for more trouble if I use IM?
Wireless hot spots
can be a hotbed of snooping and hacking. Although there are
tools available that can alert you when someone is trying to
peek at your files and/or e-mails, the best defense is seamless
data encryption. Some e-mail applications feature built-in data
encryption, others don't, so check with your e-mail application
vendor before deciding what gaps you need to fill in. For
the best protection, 128-bit or higher advanced encryption
standard (AES) protection is nearly impossible to crack.
It helps protect that data you send and receive online, from
e-mails to passwords. For additional information feel free to
Messaging (IM) in a public WiFi area is more risky proposition,
though presumably you're not using Instant Messaging to
communicate business secrets. Software tools are available that
provide public IM sessions, provided the person on the other end
is using IM protection too. A couple of products include
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the manufacturer listed above. The opinion expressed here is an
independent suggestion to handling the above mentioned question.