Working from home? Your smartphones, laptops are at risk – Here is how to keep them safe
The coronavirus outbreak and increasing number of cases due to it have forced several companies to change their work policies. Millions of people in India and abroad, are working from home, in an attempt to deal with the outbreak. While working from home is the need of the hour, it exposes you to several cyber threats due to open networks. If you decide to work remote, it’s a good idea to keep cybersecurity in mind. That means protecting your devices and data, just like you would in the workplace.
In a blog post, NortonLifeLock lists down few tips that will help you stay safe –
1. Keep close contact with your employer
The employers have been advised that it is 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,” it states.
2. Use what’s in your company’s tech toolbox
The blog said that most companies often have tech tools that can help keep you cybersafe when you work from home. That might mean you do your work on company-supplied laptops and mobile devices. They likely include firewall and antivirus protection, along with security features like VPN and 2-factor authentication.
3. Stay current on software updates and patches
“You might get reminders that software updates are available for your computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Don’t wait. Update. 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 Updates can also add new features to your devices and remove outdated ones,” it said.
4. Keep your VPN turned on
The virtual private network helps you protect the data you send and receive while you work from home. The blog states that a VPN can provide a secure link between employees and businesses by encrypting data and scanning devices for malicious software such as viruses and ransomware.
5. Beware of coronavirus-themed phishing emails
There is a chance that fraudsters might use coronavirus outbreak to send fake emails with dangerous links to employees. The blog explains that these email messages may appear to come from company officials and might ask you to open a link to a new company policy related to the coronavirus.
“If you click on the attachment or imbedded link, you’re likely to download malware onto your device. Don’t click. Instead, immediately report the phishing attempt to your employer,” it said.