Every good business needs an easily accessible, secure wifi network. In practical terms, this means having a free network available to any customers or visitors who come to your business. People expect free wifi in most public places, and along with free access to the internet, customers also expect to be using a secure wifi network.
Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to provide a secure wifi network for anyone visiting your business. Not only will this provide your customers with peace of mind, but it will also protect you from potential liability if someone’s information is stolen via unsecured internet. Let’s take a look at your options for providing excellent security for your business’s internet.
Establish a Username and/or Password
Plenty of businesses simply have an open guest wifi available for anyone to connect to. This is a perfectly legitimate choice, but keep in mind that this gives you no control over who uses your network. A particularly strong signal may even be available to people outside your building. To control the flow of online traffic and regulate who can connect, place a username and/or password as security on your guest wifi. Just make sure the login information is prominently displayed inside your business or given to customers so they can access the internet easily.
Pro Tip: Never leave your network’s password as the default! That’s practically an open door for hackers. Always create a unique password for your wifi networks.
Have a Separate Guest Network
Your business network is dedicated to such important tasks as payroll, inventory, market research, and other crucial work that must stay private. If you only provide a single network for employees and customers alike, your information is vulnerable to an accidental breach or to a particularly skilled hacker on your network. Separating your guest and business wifi networks is a huge step in the right direction. Keep your sensitive information and work on your business wifi.
Use Content Filters
Using a content filter does more than just prevent people from accessing questionable websites in your business–it can also protect you against data breaches. “Adult” websites are notorious for being hotbeds of malware and viruses that can infect the user’s computer and your wifi network if left unchecked. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to set up defenses against every possible computer or internet virus. Your better bet is to simply block the websites and content that are most likely to contain dangerous material, protecting both yourself and your customers.
Give Your Customers Peace of Mind
Whether they’re casually browsing online or comparing your prices against a competitor, your customers will expect to be able to connect to a secure wifi network no matter where they go. Providing that chance for them will make your business far more appealing to returning visitors as well as leave a good impression on new ones.
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