Awareness of your environment

Wireless network access points

Hackers have a number of methods they use in attempting to gain information from you, public wireless networks being one of them. Pretending to be a legitimate wireless network offering free internet for all (think about when at home how many wireless networks you see, would you recognise which is the correct wireless service if two were listed as StarBucks when you visited for a coffee?) to use. This can be a very effective way of hackers being able to capture and read all the data you send from your device to the internet if connected to this ‘rouge’ network.

Before you connect, make sure the wireless network you are about to connect to is authentic and secure. For example, Plymouth University has two visible wireless networks that people can connect to. Eduroam and withPlymouth. Any others that show up, advertising to be associated with the University may be unauthorised access point and should be considered dangerous and avoided at ALL times.

Working with sensitive information in public places

There is also the physical aspect to security and privacy in public places to consider. If you are on public transport such as a bus, train or plane, refrain from accessing sensitive information such as work-related, personal and other confidential information as the possibility of ‘shoulder surfing’ (someone reading your screen behind you) could occur. This also applies to sitting down at your local café, park, any public place that you may accessing your digital files, this also applies to spoken conversations about work matters.


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