Cyber Security Tips for Employees Working from Home
8 Tips for a New Remote Workforce
Now that many employees are working remotely, technology has become the cornerstone in keeping business operating and the lines of communication open. This accessibility comes with hazards, mainly from online security threats. Not only can remote employees put their own privacy put at risk, working from home could result in breaching company security as well.
There are a few online threats that remote employees face in normal times these are typically addressed by the company prior to an employee working remotely. However, we’re obviously not in normal times and employees have been forced to work remotely who otherwise would not. A couple threats companies should address with remote employees are unsecured Wi-Fi networks, phishing scams targeting remote employees, and using personal devices and networks that lack the security software businesses often utilize.
There are cybersecurity tips that can be applied to protect themselves and the company from online attacks.
- Secure your home router: Be sure to change passwords frequently. The encryption should be set at WPA2 or WPA3, restrict inbound and outbound traffic, switch off WPS, and use the highest level of encryption available. Ensure firmware updates are installed.
- Use a VPN: The reason is that it encrypts all your internet traffic making it unreadable for anyone who intercepts it.
- Use antivirus software and set up firewalls: This software helps identify and blocking malware along with preventing malicious programs from entering your device.
- Be mindful of phishing emails: Hackers are always trying to exploit ways to gain access to systems or devices either to steal money and data or to launch ransomware attacks. A quick way to spot phishing email is to:
- Look for spelling or grammar errors in the email
- Hover over the email name to see the true address, if the address doesn’t match the email name, chances are it’s from a malicious source.
- Install patching updates regularly: This should happen automatically but if not, make sure you are checking for devices security updates and install when received.
- Utilize two-factor authentication and two-step verification: This extra step can be a text, email, or security verification software.
- Back up your data: Use either a second hardware device or place on the cloud.
- Utilize strong passwords: Passwords should be unique and difficult to compromise. A popular option would be to use a password manager program like LastPass.
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