Work from Home Security Precautions

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To stay safe from Covid-19, businesses across the world have made it mandatory for employees to work from home, but with that businesses will face a unique set of challenges, The management of digital security. The risk of data being intercepted, hardware lost or stolen could lead to greater harm for the organization.

The risk of stolen data used against the organization is too high especially in the times when work from home is enforced. Here are some of the guidelines which business owners and employees should follow.

Use a VPN

There are two reasons to use a VPN if you need to have remote access to your organization’s data centers, a VPN is important. But another aspect of a VPN is having a secure network connection to the internet. What a VPN does is connect your system through an encrypted tunnel.

When working remotely with vital business information, a secured VPN is a must, especially if you’re using an open Wi-Fi hub. Wi-Fi sniffing software, man-in-the-middle attacks, or simply unsecured, poorly-setup Wi-Fi routers can all result in data being intercepted.

Use Unique Passwords

Passwords are the most secure and common way to access our online data. However, huge numbers of major cyberattacks in recent years have suggested the risk with passwords is still a thing. Every year billions of users lose their credentials and get their data posted online.

To stay safe you should use different passwords for all your online accounts, but if that is not possible there are multiple third-party tools that can keep your password memorized for you. Apple has its own version called keychain, it saves all the passwords and keeps them encrypted.

Don’t Leave Laptops/Tablets in Social Areas

It is severely important that devices are not left away in social places when not in use. Avoid leaving work laptop/tablet in your living room, sofa, or such gathering areas. Any sort of social areas should not be chosen to keep laptops and tablets. Dropping the devices or accidentally dropping something on the device is very common.

Unauthorized access and accidental damage to the devices in such times effect work majorly, If you’re remote working from home, take the necessary steps to place your laptop or tablet out of harm’s way.

Install Antivirus

If you’re using your personal device to work, make sure it does not have any malware, adware, and other threats that might lead to data corruption. If data in on your laptop is significant, unique, or sensitive, then installing an accountable antivirus from a trusted brand is important.

MacOS does not need such antivirus software, and Windows operating system also comes with built-in Windows Defender, but it is suggested that if you’re using a Windows device you should get an antivirus software installed.

Physically Secure your Device

It is important to take steps to keep your work laptop or table locked up when you’re not using them. Even when your devices are password protected and drives are encrypted there is a small risk of data theft.

Even bigger target is the hardware itself, stolen portable tech is often sold in black markets, where data can end up in any one’s hand.

These were some of the ways in which work from home can be made safer, for more information please leave a comment.

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