Employees working from home means cyber criminals are working overtime. They know that many of these employees don't have the same security measures at home that would automatically be in place in the office. So hackers are snooping around networks waiting for somebody to make a security mistake. These 10 tips will help you reduce the attack vectors for employees working at home.
This is a good first place to start. If these are not already in place, you can use the following tips to establish them.
When the staff works in the office, there are security measures in place. At home, employees have several ways to connect to the internet:
Even passwords do not make these access points safe. One mistake while visiting an eCommerce, news, gaming site, etc., could wind up leading to breach of the company’s network and data. You can read more about the need to educate employees about the risks of unsecured public Wi-Fi in this blog.
Accidentally attaching a document from a company-laptop’s hard drive can lead to untold damage. Even accessing personal websites, like social media pages, can open the company to very unfavorable consequences:
If Dropbox could be hacked, it could happen to any of us. That brings us to passwords.
We all visit many websites that require passwords. It can be tempting to make a password simple and easy to remember. This can spell trouble (with a 1 on the end for the required numerical character). Ideally, everybody should:
It is also worth noting the risks associated with letting our kids use our work computers for school. . .or just to keep them occupied. Unsupervised access could result in accidentally sharing or editing files.
Zoom has been a popular and helpful communication tool to help businesses continue to conduct meetings even while participants are at home. Omri Hershkowitz offers these security tips:
Firewalls monitor all traffic entering a computer network, help block Trojan horses, lower the risk of keyloggers monitoring you, and repel hackers from getting into the network.
Antivirus software will prevent phishing scams, block spammy sites, and of course, protect from viruses.
Malware blocks unwanted software made to steal personal information from installing
We could all use up-to-date tips on:
See #5 above.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) encrypts all internet activity to prevent hackers from making sense of intercepted information. This encryption protects all data, emails, messages, passwords, financial information, and protects against DNS hijacking. A VPN also “tunnels” internet usage through a distant router to hide a user’s actual location.
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