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In today’s world, your business phone is now your cell phone; you are on-the-go and you need a phone solution that can be too. What this means is you are now carrying sensitive company information around in your pocket. This is a huge benefit for companies that were formally tied to landline business phones, but this means you need to take extra precautions to protect your information. If you’re using Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet and work, you need to know the connection you are using is safe.

When using a personal phone, many of us simply connect to any network that is unlocked and has strength enough to search the Internet. With a business phone, you no longer have the luxury of using any network connection; if you’re not careful, hackers can use this to access all of your personal and work information, putting you and your company at risk. We recommend never using an unknown wireless network if you can avoid it. If you absolutely must use an open network, read any and every screen that comes up. These will often tell you things like they log your phone number for marketing companies or data-mining your social media profiles in return for free Wi-Fi.

We also recommend using only more recognizable Wi-Fi connections. For example, if you’re in an airport, use the designated connection provided by the Wi-Fi. Chances are, you will see other networks, some that likely have a higher strength and better bandwidth, but these unknown connections will leave your information more exposed. Similarly, use only secure sites that have tighter restrictions and processes in place to protect your information.

Lastly, for those that will be using a business phone Tampa on Wi-Fi networks regularly, we recommend getting a VPN, or virtual private network, app on your phone. This will protect you from anyone who has faked the location of a site by using encrypted servers. These will usually cost money, but can give you peace of mind and keep your company’s information private and secure.

The Internet is an amazing, though sometimes scary, place. With each new day, comes new technology and new hackers trying to crack it. If you are using a business phone on unsecured Wi-Fi networks, we recommend taking every precaution you can to keep your company protected.

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