Working from home? Here are 9 cybersecurity tips for you

With many employees working from home instead of in an office with the Covid-19 pandemic, you may want to consider taking an added step in keeping your technology safe. Here are nine (9) cybersecurity precautions you should implement or watch out for:

1. Be aware of Sight Lines

Sight Lines are simply over-the-shoulder-lookers. If you’re working at a local coffee shop, be aware that those around you and behind you can see exactly what you’re doing. Consider purchasing a privacy screen to protect your personal information.

2. Keep work data on work computers

Keep work files, email, and information on work computers. This will protect you against data breaches on personal devices that do not have VPNs and firewalls.

3. Create strong passwords

Create strong passwords by implementing best practices. Refrain from the easily hackable passwords such as “123456” and “password.” Use a password phrase, acrostic, or sentence that will be hard to guess.

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4. Protect against phishing

Phishing scams come in many shapes and styles. Overall, they are designed to trick you into providing personal information that can be stolen or sold on the dark web. Avoid messages such as “URGENT REQUEST!” or “RESPOND NOW!” They may be trying to steal your information.

5. Connect to secure wifi

Hackers trying to steal your information may be on public wifi, and if you input your login information, they may be able to see it. It’s a best practice to only stay on secure wifi instead of surfing the web or doing work on a public domain.

6. Install a VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are designed to give you added privacy when using the internet. They can be installed for a fee if you’re purchasing from a third party. Otherwise, your company may have access to one. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Masks your physical location
  • Hides browsing history from the network
  • Reduces the risks of identity theft

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7. Back up your files

In the unfortunate event that your information is hacked or stolen, you want to make sure you have digital copies. Have at least one set of copies stored somewhere. It’s a best practice, however, to have at least two sets stored somewhere. If you are a contract worker or a small business owner, this is especially pertinent.

8. Enable firewall protection

Firewall protection is your first line of defense against hacking. Firewalls prevent unauthorized users from accessing your email, websites, and other online sources.

9. Use common sense with technology

Refrain from leaving your computer unattended while you go to the restroom — even while at work. Lock it or take it with you. Nearly half of all data breaches happen within a company’s own network¹.

Don’t click on the sketchy email link that was sent to you. Don’t sign into personal accounts on public wifi. Don’t share your password with anyone. These are just a few common sense instances to watch out for. Practice keeping your data, identity, and reputation safe.

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