Working from home provides flexibility in where you work, reduces distractions, and eliminates your commute. However, just like any online activity, you must take online safety precautions while working from home. Cyber attackers are taking advantage of people’s fear and panic due to COVID-19. Never allow online threats to ruin your working from home experience. The following are some tips to stay secure online:
Beware of Phishing Emails
Phishing is the easiest way to attack remote workers because of its low cost and familiar presentation as an email. Hackers email you an official-looking email that requests you to send them vital information from your workplace. Preventing hacks through phishing attacks can be done by always double-checking the email address, the email’s tone, and the request itself. Online criminals have exploited the COVID-19 outbreak in many phishing and scam campaigns. Should you receive any suspicious links or attachments related to COVID-19, do not open them.
Create Strong Passwords and Enable Multi-factor Authentication
Passwords must use the correct best practices, so they don’t get stolen by hackers. You must educate yourself about what makes a strong password and what role it plays in keeping hackers away. In addition, you must enforce the use of a multi-factor solution. This way, you have other layers of verification like an SMS code and email, along with user names and passwords.
Secure your Privacy with a Virtual Private Network or VPN
A VPN is important if your work deals with any kind of sensitive information. It can be a useful tool to keep your work secure. This tool affords a secure, encrypted connection when using your home internet.
Big organizations will give you access to a VPN that you can use for securing your remote work. But, not all VPNs are made equal. Thus, you must research the level of encryption offered, the provider’s reputation, and ease of setup.
Avoid Sharing Personal Information in Messages or Social Media
Never share any personal information on messages or emails as they could be just another case of phishing. Before you send vital personal information, ensure the legitimacy of the request. Keep in mind also that sharing pictures of your remote work equipment on social media is also a cybersecurity risk. You might share essential information. Also, webcams can compromise the privacy of your family members. During online meetings, be cautious when sharing your screen as accidents can happen.