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Cybersecurity tips for your work from home employees

A study by the University of Maryland found that the rate of hacker attacks on computers with internet access happens every 39 seconds on average. Since it becomes extremely difficult to ensure safeguards and preventive security measures when people are working from home, this statistic can appear scary.


Cybersecurity is at risk when employees access corporate networks and cloud-based applications using remote servers from their home. Hackers can use this opportunity to cross the enterprise security barrier and infect your system from within.


However, cybersecurity risks can be greatly mitigated if your employees follow some practical tips. From an enterprise point of view, instruct your employees to not use their laptop or PC for the office work. It would help them follow the security measures we are going to discuss.





1. Installing a good anti-virus:


Generally, corporates adopt security solutions that prohibit employees from opening high-risk emails, websites, or install untrusted applications. However, such network measures do not work in a home office setup. To prevent any malware attack or phishing attempts, it is smart to install a good anti-virus solution on your laptop or PC. Even using the free version of good-rated anti-virus software can build an additional level of security into your system.


2. Keeping devices up to date:


With each update, software developers try to patch program vulnerabilities. If you do not update your operating system or program software regularly, you leave your system open to infiltration. This also reduces the chance of malware infection by removing outdated features.


3. Avoiding unsecured wi-fi networks:


Even your home network can be unsecured if you have not taken security measures to prevent third-party access to the network. A simple step, such as changing the wi-fi password periodically, can help in this regard. Employees should also avoid using public wi-fi. If necessary, they can use a Virtual Private Network or VPN technology. Some users can also set-up encrypted connections if they are working in high-risk environments related to banking, financial, or other sensitive services.


4. Using strong passwords:


Passwords act as security guards to your devices, network, and user accounts. Needless to say, if you have a strong password, your security concerns are half-resolved. You must not do the mistake of using one password across multiple accounts. Avoid using guessable passwords that are a combination of your name, birthday, or numbers. It is difficult to remember multiple passwords, and that’s why we suggest using a reliable password manager. A password manager can create different passwords (with special characters and random numbers), store, and autofill them for you.

5. Enabling two-factor authentication:


Two-factor authentication is enabled by many major software providers, apps, and websites. The purpose of them is to add an extra layer of security after passwords. It is like receiving an OTP on your mobile every time you use your banking app. Two-factor authentication ensures that even if someone guessed your password, the ultimate power to allow them access lies with you.

These steps, if followed diligently, will ensure cybersecurity at both a personal and professional level. Additionally, these tips can be implemented by the employees themselves without any technical assistance.


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