Working from home is the norm these days. It’s all good and nice because it’s very convenient for most. However, there’s one thing you need to consider dearly. And that is your safety. This is especially true now that there is an increasing number of cybersecurity issues.
So, what can you do? Read our top 7 tips to start working safely from home.
Here are some of the best tips that you can follow.
Have a separate and secure home network
Using your company’s wireless fidelity network enables you to see which of the employees are logged in and in sync to the network or not. In return, employees have the responsibility to check their own wifi as well.
It is important for each employee to block any device that is latched on to the system to avoid any potential hacking. This does both the company and the employees a favor.
Having a protected home network also enables safe internet usage for the family or with anyone with you.
You live in an age where anything can be potentially hacked from smartphones, PC desktops, laptops, or anything that can be connected with wifi, which can be potentially hacked or even rendered useless.
It is important that you do weekly to monthly spring cleaning, files, cookies, history, and downloaded content. Make sure all web browsers, apps, and security apps are updated to date. This goes for smartphones as well.
Use a VPN
Virtual Private Network enables you to connect in full anonymity to another network. By that, VPNs allow you to open sites that are restricted to your location.
This also means that you don’t leave a digital trail when using public wifi connections where normally, any personal information might be withdrawn without you knowing.
Using a VPN makes you go into ghost mode where you are practically untraceable. Internet service provides, and sometimes, the government has sneaky ways to view your online activity.
Your go-to links, apps, and sites and even to the extent to private messages. Incognito won’t be much help as you are mainly a ghost in your own browser/app. Where you’re connected is a different story.
VPNs are stigmatized with the idea that a VPN user uses such protection to aide him while doing an underground and dangerous activity.
When in fact, VPN users have their remarks about the claim as well. And that it is because it gives them the peace of mind that they are digitally safe from any virtual dangers. The security in using a VPN is highly advantageous and safe.
You will start to see a VPNs full potential when dealing with public wifi, school, coffee shops, leisure spots, and even the bank.
At times when connecting to any public wifi, the tendency of ads and auto-downloads that could jack up your device, especially when not using a VPN.
You can never be so sure how protected public wifi has, but it is certain that you will be safe despite using a sketchy connection. To a degree, not using a VPN can lead to some serious consequences. An example of this is having your personal data hijacked by someone.
It is also advisable to never do any type of monetary transaction when connected to a public router. Most especially when you don’t have your VPN on.
Use antivirus software.
Same as Anatomy and Biology, your computer’s antivirus acts as the very own white blood cells of your device. It protects you and both your device from incoming and lurking threats such as trojan and malware viruses.
As far as new viruses are being created for both educational and nefarious reasons, it’s the job of the antivirus to keep those threats at bay. This is by updating and checking any lacking updates your antivirus system has to ensure your device’s safety from corruption.
Not having any antivirus software in this time of age is like giving your calling card to a burglar while leaving the door unlocked.
That’s why, as technology grows faster, it is imperative to adapt to it and the threats that come with it. Like how humans need their daily doses of vitamin C, the same goes for updating your antivirus software.
Don’t overshare your screen.
You have probably heard, read, or even watched screen presentation-fails where professors or employees conduct online presentations in which they forget clearing any “sensitive” history and saved links or, even worse, accidentally showing their boss and fellow employees what they do outside the work sphere.
This tends to lead to extremely awkward situations, and also, if you think about it, you wouldn’t want to accidentally show your boss a side of you that will destroy your image now, would you?
Avoid sharing personal information on social media.
If you can, never share personal information ever.
As much as possible, add only those you know in-person—family and friends and so on. Avoid passing and sharing false information that may lead you into trouble.
Avoid scams and other clickbait sites that may be linked to your social media. Especially when it was shared by someone you know. You also have to be wary about how you vent.
Remember that you represent t a part of a company at that point. And it may be true that what you do out of the workplace may be out of the company’s jurisdiction. However, being irresponsible in social media can still lead to serious work consequences.
It is advisable not to take pictures within the workplace, even within your workstation. This is because of the fact that you might accidentally slip any confidential information. That will end very badly for you and the company.
Be careful with remote desktop tools.
A remote desktop tool provides you access to your computer despite physically not being there. It is a very easy and advantageous tool to use. Especially when your job relies on tech support when using a VPN or a private network. It is both hassle-free and efficient.
However, it may be advantageous with your jobs and settling tasks; it isn’t as safe when it comes to the internet.
Because of the slightest chance that a none-average hacker picks your trail up and bypasses the VPN you’ve placed in, it’s only a matter of time that he reaches your personal data such as bank accounts and other important files.
Encrypt communication channels
Encryption is a process of mutating information to a point where the said info is useless and unreadable by anyone except those who know the key to revert it back to its original state. Encrypting information will surely secure and protect private data that you don’t want anyone else to know about.
Now with these tips in mind, we hope you have a safe and secure way around work and other activities. Remember, safety first!