The Riskiest Places To Do Work
Workers may be exposing confidential information unexpectedly on flights, in hotels and at coffee shops
Remote workers everywhere pose a threat to their companies when they’re working out of the office. Across the globe, coffee shops are believed to be the most dangerous place to work when it comes to exposing sensitive company information. While coffee shops are popular work destinations for many remote professionals, 59 per cent of respondents say they believe working from them puts them at risk of exposing sensitive data, finds latest Regus survey canvassing over 22,000 respondents in over 100 countries.
According to the survey, 64 per cent of Canadians believe the most perilous locations for exposing confidential work information is on a plane while travelling for business. This is likely due to close proximity of fellow bored passengers who can easily read the screen on your laptop and printed documents.
Following flights, Canadians say hotel bars and lounges (57%), coffee shops (55%), airline business lounge (52%) and on-board trains (24%) are risky work spots for Canadian remote workers.
How are these remote workers likely to expose confidential business information in these spaces? Canadian respondents believe the following behaviours make company data vulnerable:
- Business conversations on a mobile phone in a public space (71%)
- Printed documents lying out in front of you (58%)
- Reading emails and working on company documents on your laptop (57%)
- People peering over shoulders at your smartphone screen (29%)
“The increasing need to remain connected and productive via portable devices and laptops means that workers can easily find somewhere to quickly catch up on tasks, but each time they do, they can be putting their sensitive business information at risk of prying eyes and ears,” said Craig Townsend, Marketing Director, Regus Canada. “For this reason workers need to seek out private spaces for certain work activities to take proper precautions when working on certain tasks.“
Top tips for the remote worker to stay cautious while on the road:
- Save your phone calls for a private space: Even if you think people aren’t interested in your work conversation, it’s best to save your business calls once you’re in a private and quiet space like your hotel room, car or flexible office space.
- Take extra precaution when printing confidential documents: Before printing a confidential work document, ask yourself if you really need to print it. If yes, then make sure you take extra precaution than simply leaving it out in front of you in an open space.
- Beware of free Wi-Fi: Do you think you’re lucky because you found a spot with free WiFi? Think again! Free WiFi is not secure and poses even greater risk for mobile workers! Always work where there is a secured network connection.
- Don’t work on confidential documents in a public space: It’s simply too risky to write confidential reports, read and respond to private emails, when you’re in a public space. There’s always the chance that someone will have prying eyes. With 2,000 business centres worldwide, Regus allows remote workers and travelling professionals a space to stop in to catch up on private emails and documents whether it’s from a Day Office or private desk in a collaborative space called a ThinkPod.
“The increasing need to remain connected and productive via portable devices and laptops means that workers can easily find somewhere to quickly catch up on tasks, but each time they do, they can be putting their sensitive business information at risk of prying eyes and ears. For this reason workers need to seek out private spaces for certain work activities to take proper precautions when working on certain tasks,“ said Craig Townsend, Marketing Director, Regus Canada.