It is always important to be vigilant and implement cybersecurity measures, but even more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many who normally work in an office are now working remotely and are unfamiliar with the dangers it may now pose. As cybercriminals are looking to exploit vulnerabilities, it is important to protect your systems and the sensitive information, like confidential and proprietary information, intellectual property, and other personal data.
If you are working remotely, it is important to review your organization’s remote work policies and take advantage of any cybersecurity training provided. Here are other tips to keep your computer safe:
Keeping Your Devices Safe
To lower risk, work computers and other devices should be taken home instead of using personal computers, and they should not be used by anyone else. Work data should also not be saved to personal devices or personal cloud services. Computers should be protected by up-to-date antivirus and antimalware software with the most recent upgrades and security patches. All software should regularly be updated, including your operating system and router.
Setup Multi-Factor Authentication
Email and other accounts are often hacked into, passwords are no longer sufficient. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) adds an additional layer of security to keep your accounts and data safe. Hackers are less likely to access your account if additional credentials, like answering a security question, entering a code from a smartphone, USB devices, or fingerprints.
Utilize a VPN
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to access your organization’s private network through a secure connection as if you are working directly in the office. Users may be required to log in and go through an authentication process, but the internet traffic is protected and encrypted by the security and management of the private network. It may also be used to mask your IP address in order to access websites that may only allow access to IP addresses in a specific area.
Emails with sensitive information should be encrypted to protect it while in transit, which may also be made vulnerable when sent over unsecured networks like public Wi-Fi. Some platforms add an additional layer of authentication to access the email, like a passcode; or allow you to set a specific timeframe for the email to be available, also allowing you to expire access sooner.
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