Cybersecurity Tips When Working From Home

Cybersecurity Tips When Working From Home

During the pandemic, approximately 60% of full-time and part-time employees in the U.S. worked remotely. Firms weren’t ready for their employees to work remotely, but many employers quickly realized the benefits of remote work. As remote work became more common, the number of cyber criminals increased drastically. IT professionals have never been more cautious with their work security. 

According to a report, Keeper Security commissioned the Ponemon Institute to conduct, only 44% of professionals were confident of their organizations’ ability to fend off cyberattacks during the pandemic, compared with 71% before the pandemic. Establishing a strong cybersecurity strategy has never been more crucial. Without adequate cybersecurity, organizations become an easy targets for cyberattacks, which can harm people and businesses financially and reputationally. Follow these tips below to ensure your safety and privacy when working remotely.

Follow Your Employer’s Instructions

Most employers provide company-owned devices, while others allow employees to use their personal devices or a combination of both. Whatever your employer chooses 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.

Don’t Use Free Public WiFi

Public WiFi allows you to access the internet for free in many public locations including libraries, coffee shops, airports, restaurants, and hotels. People who work remotely or travel frequently find public WiFi convenient. However, open WiFi has historically been a risky online environment for your information. Although no WiFi network is fully risk-free, the security of your private data greatly depends on the type of WiFi network you’re utilizing.

Watch for Phishing

Phishing is a dangerous and effective way of breaching accounts performed by experienced cyber criminals. The most popular type of phishing is email scams. These cybercriminals send scam emails impersonating reputable companies in order to gain sensitive information from an individual like passwords and credit cards.

Use Two-Factor Authenticator

Before someone can log into an account, connect to a device or connect to a network, their identity must be verified using at least two different methods. This is known as multi-factor authentication. Passwords, security tokens, and biometric identification are some of these secondary methods. A computer network, electronic device, or online account is made more secure by multi-factor authentication. 

Create Strong Passwords

It is essential to create strong passwords to avoid any chance of cybercriminals accessing your sensitive data. If you don’t, you can be using passwords that online scammers can quickly guess in a matter of hours. An easy way to create secure passwords is by using a password generator.

Use a VPN

Online privacy does not exist, unless you use a VPN. Whether you work from home or work at a remote location, always connect to a VPN to ensure your safety. A VPN offers an encrypted server and conceals your IP address from businesses, authorities and cyber criminals. When using shared or public WiFi, a VPN secures your identity and keeps your data hidden from people snooping online. 

Bayan Alkhatib

Bayan Alkhatib works in the marketing department at Keeper Security. She is in her last year of business school, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at DePaul University in Downtown Chicago. Bayan is an SEO copywriter and has written blogs in the cybersecurity space. Bayan hopes to educate readers on the importance of staying safe on the internet.