Two remote workers in an airport. What’s the worst that could happen? Read the below blog and see if you can identify the warning signs of working remotely and accessing public Wi-Fi networks.
Passport? Check. Boarding card? Check. Coffee and croissant? Check. Free Wi-Fi? Bonus!
Travelling between destinations allows me to have some spare time to grab a coffee and a snack, sit back, relax and people watch. Fast forward a few years: with an increase technology I have found that travelling, especially through airports, has become part of my virtual office. I now can work at the same pace as many of my colleagues who are stationary in the office. Working remotely has never been easier especially with airports providing free Wi-Fi! Reports, emails, customer files can now all be accessed when on the go and that’s only work related information. I can keep track of my own personal emails, documents and banking through online services …
Special Occasion suit? Check. Laptop? Check. Coffee and croissant? Check. Fake Wi-Fi site created? Check.
Travelling between destinations used to be a stressful time for me. Travelling between destinations used to equate to hours lost working and grafting to earn a living. Fast forward a few years: with an increase technology I have found that travelling, especially through airports, has become part of my virtual office. I now can work at the same pace, if not faster as when I am sitting at my computer at home. Hacking into travellers’ computers has never been easier, especially with vulnerable businessmen and women and their urgent deadlines and never ending emails. In fact, with the increase in travellers due to the holiday season, I don’t even have to rely on business individuals. Holiday funds need to be checked through online banking and social media needs to be updated to keep jealous friends and family informed …
Free Wi-Fi. Click.
Today’s my lucky day! Not only is there free Wi-Fi here but it’s at full signal strength. My day couldn’t have gotten any better! Not only have I completed my report for HR but the strength of the Wi-Fi will let me send it through so it arrives hours before the deadline. It may even mean that my team might get paid their bonus early! I have included all the right account numbers and figures. I made sure to double check that.
Fake Wi-Fi. Click.
Today’s my lucky day. Not only has my fake Wi-Fi network been set up, but individuals have been connecting to it so the contents of their laptops and mobile devices are full to the brim with prize winning information for me. One sucker has even managed to send a spreadsheet and a report including account numbers, bonus figures and company email addresses. I feel a lovely little scam coming their way. Thank you urgent deadlines!
Boarding call. Check. Laptop shut. Check. Praise upon returning to the office. Expected.
Look at the time - that’s my flight boarding. Productive day so far. It’s a shame they haven't figured out how to put Wi-Fi on the planes yet. I will be expecting a lot of praise from the HR team once I reach the other side. I mean, that report was perfect and submitted hours before the deadline!
Phone call. Check. Details sold. Check. Handsome sum deposited in bank account. Expected.
Look at the time - that’s my day over, a full day’s work. Productive day so far. Not all my days are as productive. More and more companies are taking part in Awareness Campaigns trying to educate their users so it’s getting more difficult for me. As long as there is a need for Wi-Fi, urgent deadlines and uneducated users, I still have a job.