Working from home requires adjusting the way you approach cybersecurity. Here are 5 things you need to do to stay cyber safe while your home is doubling as your office space.
1. Follow your employer’s instructions regarding the use of company-provided and personal devices
Some employers are sending company-provided devices home with employees, others are having employees use their personal devices, and still others are using a combination of both. Whatever your employer is choosing to do, carefully follow their instructions. Using a personal device when you’re not authorized to do so could open both you and your employer to cyberattacks.
2. Don’t use free public Wi-Fi
Don’t work — or even conduct personal business — on public Wi-Fi hotspots.They are notoriously insecure. Tether to your mobile phone’s data instead; it’s far more secure, and many mobile providers are providing unlimited data at this time.
3. Turn off Bluetooth & network auto-connect features
Turn off your device’s Bluetooth visibility when you’re not using it, and permanently disable the feature that allows your phone or laptop to automatically connect to available Wi-Fi networks. Cybercriminals frequently set up phony “honeypot” Wi-Fi connections; if your device connects to one, whoever set it up will be able to observe all of your activity, including the login credentials for every site or app you log into.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions & seek technical support
The sudden and en masse switch to remote work has created a lot of confusion for everyone. Your employer is aware that there will be technical hiccups along the way. If you’re not sure about something, don’t guess at the solution; reach out to your employer for technical support.
5. Stay vigilant
When working from home, it’s easy to let down your guard; after all, you’re at home! But when your home doubles as your office space, it must be treated as such. Make sure to adhere to the same cybersecurity protocols as you would at your employer’s office.
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