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Understanding and Beating the Common Cyber Security Threats for Remote Workers Understanding and Beating the Common Cyber Security Threats for Remote Workers

If you have also been forced to stay home due to the pandemic, we hope you are obeying the lock down rules as we are all trying to be heroes in the defeat of this pandemic.

For some of us, though, staying at home doesn’t mean that we are not working anymore. Thus, this is your first foray into the world of remote work. If this sounds like you – or you have been in the remote work market for a while now – you might not be aware of some dangers faced there. 

Common Threats for Remote Workers

Working from home means that you have to use personal internet connections and computers. If you used to work out of your office, you should know that your home computer doesn’t have the same level of security that has been built onto the ones that you have at work.

The computers that you have at work have been equipped with antivirus software, locked down behind a firewall, and more. Unless you work in IT or have a similar skill set, the same won’t be valid for the computers you have at home. That puts you at the risk of a data breach.

Likewise, it is easy for you to connect to the apartment Wi-Fi or any other public Wi-Fi network when working from home. The problem is that most of these networks are unencrypted, which means that you will be exposing a lot of your data on the web in the process of surfing the web/ using the internet.

That, and we have not mentioned the ills of not updating your device firmware and application software as at when due. This puts you at the mercy of hacks and exploits

The worst thing is not even the threat that you pose to yourself. If your computer got compromised, it could be used as an entry into your company's servers where a more significant hack can be carried out.

Mitigating the Problems

You don’t have to be at the mercy of these issues when you know what to do.

To start with, we recommend setting strong and secure passwords to all of your work accounts. In the same vein, enable two-factor authentication where possible. To beef up security on your units, download a VPN to encrypt internet traffic and antivirus software to get rid of viruses too.

Speaking of viruses, beware of what computers you connect your phones to. Desist from clicking on links in emails or downloading unsolicited attachments also. Many have fallen victim to phishing attacks this way.

Likewise, it is in your best interest to update your device firmware and app version whenever you get the notification to do so. While doing so, don’t connect to public Wi-Fi to save on data costs. If you must, make sure the connection is over a VPN – which you should already have installed from above.

Finally, look out for strange account activity. As soon as you learn about any suspicious activities on your account, it is time to change your login details.

If you have also been forced to stay home due to the pandemic, we hope you are obeying the lock down rules as we are all trying to be heroes in the defeat of this pandemic.

For some of us, though, staying at home doesn’t mean that we are not working anymore. Thus, this is your first foray into the world of remote work. If this sounds like you – or you have been in the remote work market for a while now – you might not be aware of some dangers faced there. 

Common Threats for Remote Workers

Working from home means that you have to use personal internet connections and computers. If you used to work out of your office, you should know that your home computer doesn’t have the same level of security that has been built onto the ones that you have at work.

The computers that you have at work have been equipped with antivirus software, locked down behind a firewall, and more. Unless you work in IT or have a similar skill set, the same won’t be valid for the computers you have at home. That puts you at the risk of a data breach.

Likewise, it is easy for you to connect to the apartment Wi-Fi or any other public Wi-Fi network when working from home. The problem is that most of these networks are unencrypted, which means that you will be exposing a lot of your data on the web in the process of surfing the web/ using the internet.

That, and we have not mentioned the ills of not updating your device firmware and application software as at when due. This puts you at the mercy of hacks and exploits

The worst thing is not even the threat that you pose to yourself. If your computer got compromised, it could be used as an entry into your company's servers where a more significant hack can be carried out.

Mitigating the Problems

You don’t have to be at the mercy of these issues when you know what to do.

To start with, we recommend setting strong and secure passwords to all of your work accounts. In the same vein, enable two-factor authentication where possible. To beef up security on your units, download a VPN to encrypt internet traffic and antivirus software to get rid of viruses too.

Speaking of viruses, beware of what computers you connect your phones to. Desist from clicking on links in emails or downloading unsolicited attachments also. Many have fallen victim to phishing attacks this way.

Likewise, it is in your best interest to update your device firmware and app version whenever you get the notification to do so. While doing so, don’t connect to public Wi-Fi to save on data costs. If you must, make sure the connection is over a VPN – which you should already have installed from above.

Finally, look out for strange account activity. As soon as you learn about any suspicious activities on your account, it is time to change your login details.

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