The pandemic has introduced many people to working remotely, including companies that never intended to roll out the option. Whether you’re new to working from home, have been, or are transitioning into a home office, cybersecurity should be a top priority. Securing your home devices should always be important, like protecting your banking information and other data, but it’s a whole new ball game with work-related information.
Part of the reason work data and information is just as important as your personal information is that it could cost you more than your identity. This is doubly important if you work for yourself. It doesn’t look good when your business’s information isn’t safe or your clients’ data isn’t protected. So, let’s look at some tips to better secure your home work office.
Go Above and Beyond Out of Box Cyber Security
A lot of people rely on the security that comes with their router or computer. Out of the box security is just that, the privacy and protections that come with your new devices. While the companies provide quite a few measures, they also provide that to everyone. This means that any hacker or cyber criminal can get around it. It just takes practice.
It’s important to go beyond the basic security measures your work or devices give you. Don’t think you need to call your company’s IT guy over or spend a bunch on fancy tech equipment. These tips below provide a great deal of cybersecurity because it’s unique to you while throwing extra hurdles at whoever is trying to invade.
5 Tips to Work Remote Securely
Most computers come with antivirus software, but many IT professionals will tell you that it’s like having a wooden fort around the computer. Take some time and read what cyber professionals recommend. It’s similar to out of the box security, sticking with the antivirus software that came with the computer. So, ditch the basics and ask your company’s IT department or a cybersecurity site.
Home Router Security
Wireless internet is a basic these days and that carries over into the home office. Wi-Fi opens more doors to hackers and cybercriminals too. Keeping the same router name and password provided by your internet company is another one of those out of the box security measures. If you haven’t changed your router’s name, the password, and hidden your IP address, then anyone with a wireless-enabled device can gain access. This would be terrible especially for a computer with sensitive company information on it. If you haven’t done it yet, get on securing your router.
It’s a simple thing everyone knows, but not many do well. Your password is much more effective at deterring hackers and cyber criminals than you think. The more complex it is, the longer it will take to decode. Even then, most won’t have the equipment to do it or will focus on people with weak passwords. Make sure to use special characters, numbers, a mix of caps and lower case, as well as a unique password for all sites and devices.
Work Place for Work
That phrase, “don’t mix business with pleasure” extends to work devices as well. Where you cruise YouTube and post on social media shouldn’t be the same place you do work-related tasks. There are more ways for cybercriminals to get in with the fun internet stuff than the secured business backdoors and websites. It’s best to separate the two, even if you have the same security on all your devices. The company can secure their networks and information more than you can on your PC.
Let’s piggy-back off that last comment. Whether you have your IT service provider or work for a company that does, they have the technology to secure their devices and data that you won’t have access to. It’s important to follow the guidelines and procedures laid out by your cybersecurity provider or department; the rules are there for a reason. It’s better to protect the information, including yours.
Work Cyber Safe at Home
Following these 5 tips will help deter hackers and cybercriminals from wanting or getting to your data. Whether you’re new to working remotely, building your own business from home, or transitioning into an at home work environment, cybersecurity needs to be the top priority. This isn’t just protecting the company or your business interests, accessing company data can redefine what identity theft means to you.
So, work safely at home and enjoy the opportunity for PJ pants Friday!