Nowadays more and more companies prefer remote kind of work when organizing their working processes.
Since working remotely raises a number of security concerns, here are some tips on how to secure your devices, systems, and data.
Make sure the devices are protected by antivirus software
When employees work in an office, the company has much more control over security, including malware protection. They can take care of website-wide antivirus protection, prevent users from installing unauthorized software, block access to dangerous websites, and prevent anyone from accessing the system from an unauthorized device.
But when employees work remotely, it gets more difficult for companies to implement the same level of security as they have inside their offices. This can become a major concern when the devices themselves are less physically secure and important files and data are at greater risk. Installing antivirus software on all devices is essential in order to prevent the spread of viruses, trojans, and ransomware that can steal data, corrupt files, or disable systems.
When cybercriminals begin their attacks on devices and systems, they often do it by using software with known vulnerabilities. In most cases, the software developer is aware of the vulnerability and releases an update that can fix it. Those with automatic updates enabled on their devices, and those who install updates once they become available, will be impervious to these types of attacks.
Encrypt Wi-Fi and change your router password
All online communications, including logins, files, emails and their attachments, can be intercepted through Wi-Fi. To prevent this from happening, employees must ensure that their Wi-Fi connection is encrypted by changing the default settings of their routers. Employees should make sure that they don’t use the default username and password of the router since they are publicly accessible on the Internet.
Use a VPN
The safest way for employees to connect on the Internet or communicate with each other is to use a virtual private network (VPN). This will encrypt all data moving to and from the device, and prevent it from being stolen during a transmission.
Start using email certificates
Cybercriminals take advantage of home-based employees by sending fake emails allegedly sent by company executives. Targeted phishing attacks is a kind of attack when you are asked to enter a cloned website which stills accounting data.
Email certificates can include a digital signature and encrypt all emails sent by the company.
Use business systems for emailing and file sharing
If a company uses a prescribed platform for communication and file sharing, it is necessary that home-based workers also use it.
If your employees use their personal email accounts, messaging apps for communicating and sharing the files while working from home, then you have little control over their security.
Back up your data
As company's systems and data become more vulnerable because of its workers remote work, it increases the chance of data loss. Companies need a remote backup to quickly restore data of their website and server.
Remote work has become the new normal for many companies and employees. We hope these tips will help businesses make their jobs safer.