COVID -19 has taken over the world. Countries are closing borders, production, and manufacturing lines have either slowed down or stopped altogether and many employees have been instructed to work from home if they can.
Working from home reduces the likelihood of catching and transmitting the coronavirus while letting you continue doing your job.
While at the office, someone else takes care of the internet and cybersecurity measures, but at home, you have to pay attention to it yourself. This applies even more if you are using your own devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) for work purposes.
To make working from home more secure for you, UASA has compiled some tips to help you on the way.
Use antivirus software
Antivirus software is important to have on your personal computer, but its importance is even bigger if you are using your computer for work-related purposes. Prevent malware from compromising not only your work and devices but also your employer’s systems as well.
Computer software and operating systems are updated regularly to prevent criminals from exploiting weaknesses. New vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered and cybercriminals can exploit them to infiltrate personal devices. These criminals rely on people not updating their software because, in the latest versions of programs, vulnerabilities are usually patched.
So it is important to regularly update everything installed on any device that you use for work purposes.
Router and Wi-Fi Password
If you have never changed your Wi-Fi password or the login credentials required to configure the router settings, do so now.
Change these details right now as you might already be at risk.
The default passwords for many Wi-Fi routers are not only too weak but also easily searchable on the internet. If your router is breached, then an attacker can gain access to your devices and everything you send through to the internet.
Use a VPN if connected to a public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks are often not encrypted and even if they are, anyone can get hold of the password. Also, intruders can spy on you using these public Wi-Fi access points.
While it is highly frowned upon to connect to a public Wi-Fi for work-related purposes, sometimes circumstances force you to do so and as such you must have a virtual private network (VPN) in place.
A VPN, in a few simple steps, encrypts your data regardless of network settings so outsiders cannot access or read it.
Lock your devices before walking away
Even if you are working at home and outsiders have no access to the room, always lock your devices. You don’t want your child to accidentally send your boss a two-page emoji email or your cat to walk across the keyboard and mail an unfinished message to your co-workers.
If you are leaving the room even for a second, lock the screen. It should be common practice to have a password on your computer or other devices.
Beware Covid-19 related scams
Cybercriminals have used the Covid-19 outbreak to exploit vulnerable unsuspecting victims. It has been the topic of numerous international and national phishing and scam campaigns. If you get emails with any suspicious links or attachments related to Covid-19, do not open them. Better safe than sorry.
Other phishing emails can be encountered as well.