Jeff Moden wrote:
And the reason why some companies only want you to work from home is because public WiFi isn't the most secure thing in the world. What a great place to setup a "sniffer".
My company enforces use of their Cisco VPN and Zscaler filtering, etc. This is great from a security perspective, and something other companies could do to allow remote access without opening themselves up to sniffers, man in the middle attacks, etc.
However, this is not always great from a productivity perspective because my employer is so very conservative about what they let through, whether I am plugged directly into my home router or using Wi-Fi at home or elsewhere. For example, no DropBox or Google Drive access, YouTube is forced to Restricted Mode (a side effect of which is that I cannot comment on videos that do not declare themselves as safe for all ages), and random technical blogs are blocked for no obvious reason. The VPN also drops occasionally for a few seconds, even when there is no glitch in the Internet connection, forcing me to reauthenticate to my RDP sessions and interrupting my access to any Teams meeting that may be in progress (which at least automatically reconnect once the VPN reconnects). For my personal machine and phone, I subscribe to NordVPN.
It just isn't safe to "remote remote" work without a VPN of some kind, especially when using Wi-Fi pretty much anywhere.