Work from home threats: 5 tips to keep you from getting into trouble online
Work from home threats: Work from home started out of desperation and helplessness to keep at least the most crucial operations going. Well, it could end up becoming a normal practice in several sectors, even after the lockdown is over and we recover from the coronavirus crisis! Companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft have announced they are allowing staff to work remote to help protect against the coronavirus, or COVID-19, the name of the respiratory disease it causes. And these MNC biggies are not the only ones. Indian corporates are not lagging behind as is clear from their ongoing operations despite all the hurdles.
However, dangers persist. And these come, not from the challenges of keeping companies going, but from an altogether different source – hackers! It will, however, lead to new challenges with fraudsters targeting devices to steal data. Cybersecurity is going to be a key concern in a world where work from home becomes a normal practice. While companies might take care of advanced software to deal with it, on the personal level, if you don’t want to get into trouble, then there is critical need to follow certain rules to stay safe.
Here are some tips to help keep your connections secure, according to NortonLifeLock –
Keep close contact with your employer: It’s smart to stay on top of company communications. Your inbox might contain emails about policy changes ranging from work hours to travel. Your employer might consolidate coronavirus-related information on the company intranet. If you have questions, ask.
Use what’s in your company’s tech toolbox: You should try to use only company-supplied laptops and mobile devices as they are likely to come with firewall and antivirus protection, along with security features like VPN and 2-factor authentication.
Update your devices: One of the most important steps is to keep all the software on your phone and laptop updated. Also, keep in mind you can configure your devices to update automatically. Updates help patch security flaws and help protect your data. Updates can also add new features to your devices and remove outdated ones.
Keep VPN turned on: The virtual private network acts as a wall to protect the data you send and receive while you work from home. A VPN can provide a secure link between employees and businesses by encrypting data. VPNs help protect against cybercriminals and snoops from seeing what you do online during a workday. This can include financial information, strategy documents, and customer data.
Don’t improvise: In case any of the software provided by the employer isn’t working right, don’t be tempted to download substitutes from unverified sources. This might lead to a security flaw which can give people access to company data, or any personal data you have on that device.