This day in age, most of our live revolves around the Internet and working in the Long Term Care sector is no exception. Whether you’re at home, at work, or out on the go, you’re always close to a piece of technology these days. As much as we depend on those devices around us, are we really sure that we’re secure using them without taking proper precautions?
The answer to this is no – you can never be too safe when it comes to using the Internet, especially in the Long Term Care sector, when patients’ personal and confidential information is at risk.
In my last post titled How to Protect Yourself and your Information Online , I went over some precautions you can take to securing your device. In this post, I’ll be going over ways you can secure your Internet connection while you are working outside of your home and office.
If your job requires you to work on a computer, it’s likely that you’ll spend some time working remotely, outside the office, in a café or a hotel, as you travel. When connected to any public wi-fi, the data your computer sends out is visible to any and all computers that are connected to the same public wi-fi, which means it’s important to take measures to keep your information safe.
For a user to be able to grab any of this information, they do not need to be a hacker. Anyone who knows their way around a computer would be able to grab unencrypted information from wireless signals. This means anyone around you can gain access to your sensitive information without you even knowing.
The good news is all you have to do in order to keep your information safe is to encrypt your data when you use unsecured wifi connections. Here is how you do so:
- First step is to use a VPN. A VPN encrypts all your data absolutely before it leaves your computer, making it invisible to everyone else on the network. I would recommend IP Vanish, as it is easy to use, and can be installed as an app on all major platforms.http://www.ipvanish.com
- Next, I would recommend turning off any kind of file sharing. By default, a Windows 10 PC will turn off file-sharing when connecting to a new wi-fi. However, if you’re using an Apple device, you will have to disable AirDrop. With AirDrop enabled strangers can send any file from their phone to yours, or take any files you may have shared for other devices of your own.
- Finally, if push comes to shove and you do not have a VPN, ensure the websites you are visiting start with https:// and not http://. The https protocol is more secure, self encrypted, and will be safer for you to visit if you have no other tools in place keeping your information safe.
In the end, it is my recommendation that you use a VPN on your computer, especially if you are working in the Long Term Care sector and dealing with your patients’ sensitive information. A VPN makes your connection more secure, and can even hide your location from websites you are visiting keeping your information nice and safe!