Tips to prevent cyberattacks when working remotely

Are you one of the many people working from home due to the current pandemic COVID-19 outbreak?

 

In the mist of all this chaos, we are trying to deal with a new “Normality” in our new working environments!

Large volumes of companies have all shifted towards their employees working remotely to reduce the risk to their staff and maintain a level of service to their clients, BUT the company network and data are been put at risk.

Some companies do not have the same levels of security, like they did in their offices.

Cybercrime has seen a huge spike since this pandemic started, and they are taking advantage of the low levels of security.

 

So how can you protect you and your company from been the victim of a cyberattack while working from home?

 

Software Updates:

Make sure all the devices you are using for work and personal use are installed with the latest updates! This will make them more secure and less vulnerable.

Antimalware:

Malicious software can be installed in links you may click online, come in emails or something you download onto your computer. Having antimalware on your devices will help protect your devices from been infected.

Business VS Personal:

Working from home is creating a very fine line between business and personal time! When doing work, always use your work computer and devices for intend purpose.  Never work off your personal devices for work or mix your personal and work accounts. Keep them separate!

Caution when downloading

Only download applications from official stores onto your computer /devices, that you may now need to get for remote working.

Account Authentication:

How strong is your account passwords? We suggest enabling 2 step verification on all accounts. This will make it hard for them to be hacked.

Device Lock:

We recommend always locking your devices, that may have sensitive information, if they are unattended.

Most devices give you an option to automatically lock after 60 seconds of inactivity.

This is a good measure to take if you are in shared accommodation with other people, or you have little kids who love to” play” with your stuff!

VPN:

This is a great way to ensure security on your business network. This would have to be installed on your work devices to allow you to work remotely.

It keeps all company files safe and secure, and the internet traffic is encrypted.

 

Cybercriminals are hungry for information they can EXPLOIT!

 Stay vigilant online.

 

www.fastcom.ie

 

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