Working outside of the confines of your office – and internal network – may actually be liberating to many. The change of scenery may boost productivity and even allow you to be a tad bit more flexible in your work schedule.
While remote, you’ll need to keep maintain a high degree of focus and digital hygiene to help keep your data safe.
Here are five easy-to-follow cybersecurity tips for remote workers to help stay secure while working outside the office walls.
1. Be vigilant about Coronavirus-related attacks
Cybercriminals take advantage of unfortunate situations, and the current pandemic is no different. Attackers can pose as health officials requesting personal information. These can be in the form of calls, emails, and even texts.
2. Keep your devices and security software up to date.
Updates for hardware and software oftentimes contain security patches. Thus, it’s important to keep everything updated. If not, you run the risk of having vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
3. Utilize Multi-Factor Authentication.
Have the option to utilize Multi-Factor Authentication? Do it! Multi-Factor Authentication is essentially another layer of defense when it comes to accessing accounts. Every additional layer makes it that much harder for attackers to get at your data.
4. Be careful when using public Wi-Fi.
When out and about, don’t just blindly connect to the first available Wi-Fi connection. Take a moment to carefully review your options. If you’re in an establishment, ask an employee for the correct network and, if needed, the necessary credentials.
5. Don’t forget about physical security.
While staying vigilant about your digital security, don’t forget about physical security. When taking a break, don’t leave your laptop or mobile devices out in the open.
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