Working in coffee shops poses cybersecurity risks. Club Workspace offers a safe, convenient alternative
Technology has given many of us the freedom to work remotely in recent years. Thanks to messaging and video conferencing apps, that number is rising rapidly — some estimates say that by 2020, half of the UK workforce won’t need to clock into the office.
Many converts to this remote working revolution are turning to coffee shops, where the strength of the Wi-Fi on offer can be as much of a draw as the quality of the beans.
But while coffee shops may be popular and convenient, their Wi-Fi hotspots can easily be compromised or targeted by fraudsters. In October last year a massive flaw was discovered in WPA2, the standard Wi-Fi security protocol. Although improved technology was released in January, many coffee shops have not yet updated their software. Anyone using these old hotspots could have their data intercepted by hackers nearby, especially if they’re password-free.
The other main risk is from fraudsters who set up their own Wi-Fi hotspots to pose as legitimate ones, typically by giving them a similar name to the café. Anyone logging on to these by mistake is sending their personal information — credit card details, business data, emails, phone numbers — directly into the hands of scammers.
With so much at stake, it’s simply not worth taking risks with cybersecurity. At Club Workspace, our co-working members can take advantage of the fastest, most reliable Wi-Fi in the industry in the knowledge that it’s also the most secure. Workspace has committed to certifying a majority of its buildings to a Wired Certified Gold rating or above by international connectivity rating scheme WiredScore – the definitive certification for rating the security and resilience of office building connectivity.
With over 20 Club Workspace co-working venues located within exciting business hubs throughout London, finding a convenient location to work at is as easy as popping to your local coffee shop. And better than a high street café, Club Workspace members enjoy an atmosphere that is buzzing with activity and productivity. They benefit from the synergies that come with being part of an ecosystem of 4,000 businesses and the networking opportunities provided by a packed events calendar.
“Safe, secure and super-fast Wi-Fi is absolutely essential to any growing business,” says head of client connected services Chris Boultwood. “One in four small businesses in the UK are held back by unreliable internet connections, so our ambition is to furnish London businesses with the best office environment and digital infrastructure to help them succeed.”
Workspace has committed to 49 buildings across its portfolio Wired Certified Gold or above, Chris explains on TechTalk Radio, a weekly podcast from real estate intelligence provider EG. And with over 20 Club Workspace co-working venues located within exciting business hubs throughout London, finding a convenient location to work at is as easy as popping to your local coffee shop. And better than a high street café, Club Workspace members enjoy an atmosphere that is buzzing with activity and productivity. They benefit from the synergies that come with being part of an ecosystem of 4,000 businesses and the networking opportunities provided by a packed events calendar.
Did we mention that our cafes also do great coffee?
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If you need a co-working space in London we have locations across the city with Club Workspace. You’ll never be far from the action or your clients. Club Workspace is our fast-growing network of creative co-working space. By joining our network, you get to work alongside like-minded business people in an atmosphere designed for ideas to grow into long term successful business models.
For a monthly membership fee, you get a working environment on flexible terms, with business grade Wi-Fi, a bursting calendar of networking events, access to high-spec meeting rooms bookable on an ad hoc basis and the chance to connect with over 4,000 businesses. Head to our co-working page to view locations, testimonials or book a viewing, or get in touch today.