Remote working is an exciting dimension to the modern business world. Thanks to the development of amazing technologies we have seen the workforce approaches their work in a wider variety of ways. The internet allows workers to work from home now but as many of us are aware, there can be security issues associated with this. Therefore, I am going to give you 5 of my best methods to keep your remote work environment secure.
Use a Strong Password
A strong password can make all the difference and requires zero financial investment. Using a strong password can significantly reduce the chance of your work computer and systems from being hacked. Using a different password on all your apps and devices – work, social, and person, is a simple measure you can take to protect your accounts. Make sure that each password is a combination of numbers, letters, and special characters. Best practice suggests that between eight and ten characters is ideal.
Password managers can be helpful here when you must work with a wide range of passwords. It can be confusing to have so many different passwords so using a password manager can reduce the chance of being locked out of accounts. There are plenty of high-quality password management applications online so you should not struggle to find the right choice for you.
Make Sure you Have a Stable Connection
Any device that is hooked up to the internet, such as computer and phones, have inconsistent security controls. If your company provides a VPN (Virtual Private Network), use it as often as you can. It will make your connection significantly more secure. A VPN creates a secure virtual tunnel between yourself and whatever you are trying to access online, only the VPN host will be able to track your activity.
Keeping track of what is using your local network can also improve your connection security. Many modern routers allow you to monitor devices on the network. Regularly check to see if any unknown devices are taking advantage of your network and lock them out if possible. It will reduce the risk of hackers getting into your local network. Do not forget to update router firmware and enable encryption as well (use WPA2 or WPA3).
Secure Virtual Communications
Video conference platforms are receiving record levels of traffic at the moment. Take a moment to double-check the security of your platform. Use your platform’s built-in security features, such as waiting rooms, participant notifications, and screen sharing access to prevent unauthorized visited from crashing your meeting. Often change meeting access codes and keep them as comprehensive as all your other passwords. This will make it harder for hackers to guess and break in. Turning off features that you will not be using can reduce the chance of slip-ups as well. Any recording or file transfer features that are not needed in the meeting should be turned off so sensitive information is not leaked.
Remote working poses its own challenges. Homelife can be crazy, especially if you do not have a dedicated place to work. So be sure to store online work-related data like sensitive files and emails in a secure location that is approved and managed by your organization. Also, be sure to regularly backup data to a secure cloud-based service that your company trusts to safely store data. If something bad were to happen to your work laptop you would probably be understandably devastated. Therefore backing everything up on a cloud server can save your skin.
Keep Devices Updated
Regular updates and patches are performed by technology companies to patch up holes that hackers have exposed. So please make sure that all your devices are up to date. If you do not you are risking your data even if you have already performed all the previous steps. Internet hackers are always trying to find a way into your system so keeping up to date with patches can reduce breaches and often improve computer performance.
Ultimately, when working from home you want to ensure that your work is safe and secure. There are a variety of approaches you can take to improve your computer and network security. Often the best practice is a mix of all of what we have talked about here, so you do not give the hackers any opportunity to break in and steal or delete all your data.