Working from home has become a norm for many during the last year. And even once the pandemic fades, many predict that remote working is here to stay. However, while working from home has many benefits and is more convenient, it also exposes both, the employees and the companies to a range of security risks.
So how can we stay safe when working from home?
Here are some easy tips you can incorporate into your daily workflow to ensure you and your employees are staying safe when working from home.
1. Make sure your home network is not an easy target
First, you should double-check your anti-virus software is running and is updated. Then, make sure to secure your home internet with a firewall to prevent any unwelcomed connections.
2. Use encrypted communication
Make sure to only use software and apps with encrypted communication when talking about sensitive information with your colleagues. If your company doesn’t provide you with a secure way of internal communication, then make sure to use apps such as Telegram.
3. Use a VPN service
Using a virtual private network encapsulates and transmits network data over another network. It is super important to use a VPN when accessing any of your companies servers to maintain the confidentiality of all the data.
4. Be on a lookout for phishing emails
The COVID-19 has increased the cyberattacks since so many companies have started working from home. Make sure not to click on any links or emails without verifying the sender first. Bad grammar, unknown sender email addresses, etc are often signs of phishing emails.
5. Strengthen your passwords
Last but not least, one of the simplest steps to protect yourself is to strengthen your passwords. Make sure your passwords are long, strong and unique. The recommended length is at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols, capital and lower letters. We’d also recommend using a password manager tool like LastPass to keep all your passwords secure.
Those are just a few of the main tips to help you stay cyber safe when working from home. Make sure to talk to your organization to understand how you can all maintain a secure workflow.