In the midst of a network outage at your home or office Wi-Fi network, many will turn to their cellphone’s personal hotspot to find a connection. Most personal hotspots can be accessed and activated in the settings of your mobile device. While it’s convenient to always have access to a personal hotspot on your cell phone, how can users be sure that their network is safe and secure? Today on our blog, RedBird Technology is breaking down what a personal hotspot is, how to use one properly and important considerations to keep in mind so your data stays safe.
What is a Hotspot?
To begin, let’s break down exactly what a hotspot is. In the simplest terms, a hotspot is like a Wi-Fi network that goes wherever you go. Personal hotspots can be created in stand-alone devices like a Mi-Fi unit, or they come equipped in most smartphones and tablets. Hotspots work by accessing a cellular network that shares a connection with other Wi-Fi devices. As 4G and 5G devices have become more readily available, the speed of this connection from a hotspot to another Wi-Fi device has gotten faster and more efficient. Hotspot networks on mobile devices have become increasingly popular over the years, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to work remotely. Once a hotspot is established, users can connect any Wi-Fi enabled device to the network, like tablets, computers, laptops, e-readers and more.
Is my data secure when using a hotspot?
Now that you have a better understanding of how a hotspot works, it’s important to understand the security risks that come with accessing a personal hotspot. Like all technology, nothing is perfect. While a personal hotspot is more secure than using a public Wi-Fi network, there are still some security risks to using a hotspot on your mobile device or tablet. Almost every hotspot comes with a WPA or WEP encryption and password, which mostly keeps your data safe from other users nearby. However, these passwords can be pretty generic, with most mobile hotspot passwords being a user’s phone number. Things like that are easy for cyber criminals to figure out and exploit. So, the most important step you can take when accessing a personal hotspot is to change your password as soon as possible. Most mobile device hotspots will allow you to change the password as soon as you set up your hotspot. You will want to pick a complicated pattern that includes many numbers, characters and special characters.
The threat of a cyber attack is always out there. Take the necessary steps to prevent one happening with your company by properly educating your employees to responsibly use their personal hotspot network when accessing company data. To learn more about how RedBird Technology can help your company, please contact us today. Visit our website, or give us a call at 844-845-4357.