Large numbers of people now work on their laptops in public places, but they could be putting their IT security at risk.
IT for business can be the ‘life-blood’ of a company, but it can easily be taken for granted. Entrepreneurs often end up working in all sorts of locations, either because they don’t have their own office space or they want to get things done while they are out and about.
But if you use your computer in public, or while remote working, you need to make sure you never leave your computer unattended in a public place.
Thieves may not steal your actual computer while you nip to the toilet or order another coffee, but they could access your passwords and use them to get hold of confidential information and hack your accounts at a later date.
When you think about your IT policies for your business, it is important that all staff understand the importance of protecting company data and their laptops while they are working away from their usual workplace.
Guardian journalist Tim Pilgrim set himself the challenge of seeing how many passwords he could get hold of in less than a minute. With only a small amount of knowledge, he found out 52 passwords in just 57 seconds.
If you use Google’s Chrome browser or Mozilla’s Firefox then it is simple for someone who briefly has access to your computer to see your passwords simply by opening the settings and looking at the saved passwords list. The thief can then log into your accounts on their own computer without you being any the wiser.
So what can you and your staff do to protect yourselves?