Are you one of the many people working from home due to the current pandemic COVID-19 outbreak?
In the midst 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 help reduce risks to their staff and maintain a level of service to their clients, BUT, company networks and data are still at high risk of cyberattacks.
Some companies do not have the same levels of security as 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 yourself and your company from being the victim of a cyberattack while working from home?
Well, we have put together some tips to prevent cyberattacks from happening in the workplace to help your employees work safely no matter where they are.
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.
Malicious software is everywhere including online, in emails and in downloads. Having antimalware on your devices will help protect them from being 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 intended purposes. 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.
How strong are your account passwords? We suggest enabling 2 step verification on all accounts. 2 step verification makes it extremely hard for hackers to hack your device.
If your device stores sensitive information, we recommend you always lock it when leaving it 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!
This is a great way to ensure security on your business network. This would have to be installed on your work device if you are working remotely.
VPNs keep all company files safe and secure. Additionally, a VPN encrypts internet traffic, making it extremely hard for cyberattacks to happen.
Cybercriminals are hungry for information they can EXPLOIT!
We hope these tips to prevent cyberattacks help you to stay vigilant online.
Michelle Gilmartin – Author