Security Threat of Working from Home and How to safeguard your digital asset and data

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, many governments and organizations are moving into the “delay” phase of their strategy to fight the virus.

This includes social distancing techniques including closing schools and asking people to work from home. Elsewhere, people are having to or opting to work remotely to self-isolate or to simply help slow the spread of the virus.

The internet era and progress in technology has made it trivially simple for many of us to carry out our regular duties from the comfort of our couch. In fact, many people already work full-time from the comfort of their homes or local coffee shop. That said, this luxury comes with its downsides, mainly by way of online security threats.

Not only can remote workers have their own privacy put at risk, working from home could result in breaching company security too.

In this article, we reveal threats to you while working From Home

& tips you can use to safeguard your digital assets while working from home yet with peace of mind.

 

Let’s Start

Online threats to remote workers

Before delving into the tips, let’s take a look at a few of the online threats that remote workers should be aware of.

  • Unsecured wifi networks: Most workers will be working out their home where they can secure their wifi. But some may have to use unsecured public wifi networks which are prime spots for malicious parties to spy on internet traffic and collect confidential information.

  • Using personal devices and networks: Many workers will be forced to use personal devices and home networks for work tasks. These will often lack the tools built into business networks such as strong antivirus software, customized firewalls, and automatic online backup tools. This increases the risk of malware finding its way onto devices and both personal and work-related information being leaked.

  • Scams targeting remote workers: We’ll likely see an increase in malicious campaigns targeting remote workers. What’s more, with many employees lacking remote work opportunities, we’ll no doubt see an increase in the prevalence of work-from-home scams.

Thankfully, armed with the right knowledge and tools, you can stave off many of these threats and continue getting your work done.

Cybersecurity tips for staff working remotely

Note that before you take your own measures to protect your online security, you should check in with your employer to see if they have any protocols in place. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, many companies are hastily putting together work-from-home plans. They may be able to provide you with specific directions on how to handle certain aspects of cybersecurity and perhaps provide access to some of the tools you need.

Thankfully, even if your employer doesn’t offer such protocols, or if you are self-employed,

there are Thirteen Tips  you should use  to protect yourself while working from home

  • Use strong passwords

  • Set up two-factor authentication

  • Use a VPN

  • Set up firewalls

  • Use an antivirus software

  • Secure your home router

  • Install updates regularly

  • Back up your data

  • Beware remote desktop tools

  • Look out for phishing emails and sites

  • Watch out for work-from-home scams

  • Use encrypted communications

  • Lock your device

To get an assessment of the threat to your digital assets  or if you need help with understanding your security needs, you may reach out to Vineet at

https://www.linkedin.com/in/vineet-kumar-12564034/

or

Mail at Info@Spearheadconsulting.xyz

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