If you are a mobile worker, at some point you will be mobile. This means that you have to be able to work in the mobile space, and this can sometimes seem a little bit difficult if you are reliant on the Internet. Finding a way to use the Internet while you are mobile can be tricky, and many people suggest you use public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Public Wi-Fi hotspots are those particular areas of the country that you are in, or indeed the world, which anyone can log into and use for free. You can of course buy a dongle or other piece of hardware, but this costs money, which is sometimes an issue. We thought we would give a few tips here on how to best use public Wi-Fi hotspots, and whether they are a good idea at all for mobile working.
Your first job is to be more selective about the hotspots that you choose. If you know your area very well, you should be able to find some very good and strong hotspots that should allow for an unbroken connection. There is only one problem with this, and that is basically the fact that many people have the same idea as you. If you are looking for a hot spot, use a website or app that should be able to find you a hot spot that is not too populated. This should ensure that you are able to get an unbroken connection to the Internet, with all the benefits that brings. The golden rule here is to know the local area and to know the hotspots that are being used as much as others. This works better for you as someone who is carrying out mobile working.
It may not be strong enough
You may also need to ascertain whether or not the hotspot is a good idea for you in the first place. If you are just checking emails and sending information back to your employee or client, then a hot spot is probably a viable option. These activities are not data heavy and are quite easy to manage from a basic connection. If, however, you are looking to have a videoconference session or something else that is equally data heavy, you may need to think about that dongle.
The final consideration is security. If you're carrying lots of information about your company on your laptop, or if you're going to be planning to send personal information, you may want to think twice about using a hotspot. Private, password secured servers are much more effective and safe then a hotspot. This is a genuine concern, especially if you are working with a company that has highly sensitive data.
Hot spots can be useful, just be sure to clarify whether or not they are the perfect fit for you and your data transmission needs. If the above ideas fit in with your way of working, then use them as a solution for those mobile working tasks.