Working remotely became a norm during the height of COVID-19. However, since many companies quickly saw the value in the approach, particularly since a resurgence may be on the horizon, many professionals find themselves continuing to work from home. It’s possible that some may do so permanently, while others may stay telecommuters for just the next few months.
In any case, employees now have to view cybersecurity in a new light. Their actions not only impact their systems, but their employer’s as well. Embracing cybersecurity best practices is a must, ensuring everyone can remain safe while workers are telecommuting. If you are wondering what you should do as an employee, here are some tips.
1. Update Your Devices
Device updates and operating system patches often close security vulnerabilities. If you are using personal devices, or have control over when updates go through, make them a priority. That way, any known issues that are corrected in the patch are closed up, ensuring hackers can’t exploit them in your devices.
2. Keep Security Programs Updated
In a similar vein, antivirus and anti-malware software need to be updated regularly to ensure it protects against the newest threats. If a new update is released, there’s a good chance it is addressing additional threats that the current version doesn’t handle. Without the update, you’re leaving your device open to an attack that could otherwise be closed off.
3. Change Your Wi-Fi Password
Other devices on your Wi-Fi can introduce risk into the equation. By changing your Wi-Fi password, preferably to a strong one, you are enhancing your level of security.
Similarly, changing it regularly can be a smart move. That way, if a ne’er-do-well did end up with your old password, it doesn’t remain valid for long.
4. Shut Down Work Devices
Completely shutting down your work devices when they aren’t in use can boost security. First, your device isn’t remaining connected to networks or assets when you aren’t there to monitor them. Second, some viruses sit in a device’s temporary memory only, so they get erased when the device is shut down.
5. Don’t Use Work Devices for Personal Activities
While it might not seem like surfing the web for fun on a work device is a big deal, it is. Not only may you be violating company policy, but you are also introducing more risk into the equation. You may end up visiting a site that holds a virus, causing it to infect a computer that connects to your employer’s network and assets.
6. Use Every Tool Provided by Your Employer
If your employer gives you a security-oriented tool, use it. For example, while connecting through a VPN means taking additional steps, it does make your connections more secure, so take advantage of what it offers.
7. Don’t Leave Work Devices Unsupervised
Physically securing your work devices is part of cybersecurity. It ensures those who shouldn’t have access to company systems and resources don’t have an easier way inside. Plus, by keeping them away from family members and friends, you make sure that someone doesn’t accidentally tap into a company asset who shouldn’t.
Essentially, you should always keep your work devices away from anyone who isn’t unauthorized to use them. Lock them up when they aren’t in use, and don’t leave them unattended while at home, when traveling, or when in public spaces.
Call Bayside Solutions to Learn More
Ultimately, all of the tips above can help remote worker improve their cybersecurity efforts. If you’d like to learn more, the staff at Bayside Solutions can help. Contact us today.