Always use a secure wi-fi network.
When working remote, you’ll want to always make sure you are on a network that requires a password to connect. Most home networks are password protected, but if you’re not sure if yours is, make sure to check. It is very easy to attack a machine on the same network, and you could let in a hacker by using a network that is unsecured.
Use strong passwords.
It’s is always important to use strong passwords and to not use the same one multiple times. A strong password consists of a long string of characters containing some uppercase and some lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You can use a password manager to keep track of all of these passwords.
Set up two-factor identification.
Strong passwords are often not enough to keep out unwanted, malicious acts. That’s where two-factor authentication comes in. Two-factor authentication (2FA) involves an additional step when signing in to an account, giving you an extra layer of protection.
Use a VPN.
Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to keep information private. A VPN encrypts all of your internet traffic so it is not able to be read by anyone.
Update, update, update!
Oftentimes, updates will fix any “holes” in a program or software. These “holes” are frequently how hackers get into a machine and cause disruptions. Make sure to always update when there are updates available and to not put it off. Not updating your machine in a timely manner puts your data (and company data) at risk.
Beware of phishing email threats.
Cyber threats have always adjusted quickly to seasons and poplar topics. It’s not surprising that during this time, threats are piggybacking on the popular topic of covid-19 or coronavirus. Be cautious of links related to this topic. Read our recently published article on this for more information.
Lock your device.
Remember to lock your device whenever you walk away. Chances are, you won’t find yourself working in a public place in the next few weeks, but if you do, this is very important. In the case that you can’t share work information with the people you live with, you should also lock your device when working from home.