Steve Flannery

Steve Flannery

 

Cybersecurity Guidelines for the Remote Worker

While remote work comes with many advantages, including greater flexibility and no stressful commutes, switching to a remote model means new challenges and possible stressors for workers. Some of these are obvious: it’s harder to create a good work-life balance, and some may find it harder to be motivated at home. Even for those who thrive in a remote-work environment, however, there’s one important component you don’t want to forget about: cybersecurity. While your office was probably already equipped with top-grade security on its tech, you may not be personally aware of what you need to do to protect your devices and your data when working from home.

Know how to maintain network security.

If you are using a network that is insufficiently secured, you may not even realize the danger until it is too late.

  • It probably doesn’t need to be said, but – don’t do anything that could expose your passwords or data on any open or public network. Ideally, don’t use these public networks at all.
  • Get a hotspot option on your phone, so if you are uncertain about a network, you can use that to have internet access.
  • Consider installing a VPN (virtual private network) for added

Be aware of common cybersecurity attacks and how to avoid them.

Once you know the threats that are out there, you will be more motivated to protect your devices and data.

  • One of the biggest cyber threats comes through social engineering techniques such as phishing, baiting, and scareware.
  • Malware is a general umbrella term for malicious software systems that are activated when an unsuspecting user clicks a link. Viruses, spyware, and worms are all types of malware – so don’t open suspicious links.
  • An especially dangerous kind of malware is ransomware, in which hackers will infect or encrypt data, then demand money for its release.
  • Always use a strong password that can’t easily be guessed by hackers.

Protect your devices from cybersecurity threats.

There are a few extra things you can do to keep individual devices safe and secure.

  • Make sure your devices are equipped with a good firewall and anti-virus protection.
  • Always keep your operating systems up to date so built-in security can operate at its optimum level.
  • Equip your phone and other devices with security locks.
  • Use a good modem-router that offers WLAN (wireless local-area network) security for the safety of your computer and other devices.
  • Find a good computer repair professional like Steve’s Computer Repair if you have an issue with your device or need data recovery.

You don’t want to discover the importance of cybersecurity after you’ve already had a breach. So follow these guidelines and exercise caution, to keep your personal and work information safe.

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