With more people working from home than ever, its never been more important to make sure your cybersecurity is up to scratch. I have teamed up with TechWarn who has kindly written a guest post to bring you some crucial advice on how you can stay safe online while working from home.
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4 Questions to Help You Beef Up Security as A Remote Worker
Are you working remotely? That’s great.
You now get to choose your hours and decide how to go about your tasks for the day. You are also saved from daily commute hassles and not losing all that time in the traffic anymore too.
Still, you have to worry about your privacy and security. Here are some questions to ensure you are not a target of data breaches as you are enjoying your time working from home.
Question #1 – Do you have strong passwords?
Have you ever heard of a hack? If you have, then you know that the first thing the hacker will come after is your password.
Depending on how secure your password is, the hacker might be able to gain fast access to your account or not at all.
That is why you should always secure your accounts with a strong password. As a rule, it is better to generate strong passwords with online password generators – and storing them in password managers.
Never use the same password for more than one account. It doesn’t hurt to adopt two factor-authentication either, so choose that if you have the option.
Question #2 – Do you have an encrypted network?
Even if your passwords are secure, your internet connection could be the chink in your amour.
On a typical day, all the data that you are transferring on your Wi-Fi network can be seen by your internet service provider. If you were at work or school – or using their system – the network admins will also be able to know what you are doing on the internet.
The risks are higher when you connect to a public Wi-Fi network, which makes it very easy for even hackers to jump on your data trail.
With that, they can identify your passwords, account login information, see what files you are transferring, hijack the sensitive conversation, and more. You don’t want this to happen, do you?
The best way to ensure that doesn’t become your portion is by staying off public Wi-Fi networks. When using a personal internet connection too, download a VPN to secure your data on the web.
Question #3 – Are you updated?
By this, we are not talking about your skills. We believe that you are up to the task and will keep delivering. But then, are your applications and computers/ devices also as updated.
This might be the difference between falling to a data hack or staying safe against one.
Here, the update game goes two ways.
For one, your device firmware is something that you should update as fast as possible. When you get a notification to upgrade to a new firmware, it is usually because the developer has seen some bugs that need to be killed off, some vulnerabilities that can now be patched, and more. Failure to update your device will put you at the risk of falling victim to such exploits.
The same is true for apps.
When app updates show up, we usually believe that they are there to add new features or change the look of the app alone. That is not always true. More often than not, they are also there to tighten the security of the device. You have to get this update in time to stay safe.
Question #4 – Noticing Strange Activity?
Sometimes, the fastest way to curb a hack is to check the security information of your account.
Many apps and platforms today come with a unique in-built security feature that alerts you when someone is trying to log into your accounts. This happens when the login is happening at an unknown location or from a strange device.
If that is not you, it is time to change your passwords and other details.
Speaking of other details, it is in your best interests to lie on your security questions. This means intentionally choosing the wrong answers to the standard questions. That way, even if you were being hacked by someone who knows you or has your file, so to speak, they can’t use the information against you.
About the author:
Jack is an accomplished cybersecurity expert with years of experience under his belt at TechWarn, a trusted digital agency to world-class cybersecurity companies. A passionate digital safety advocate himself, Jack frequently contributes to tech blogs and digital media sharing expert insights on cybersecurity and privacy tools.