What are the cybersecurity tips for employees who work from home? Read on to learn more.
Cybersecurity Tips for Work-from-Home Employees
Use a VPN when connected to any public Wi-Fi
Use a VPN when connected to any public Wi-Fi. When you connect to public Wi-Fi, there is a chance that hackers can eavesdrop on your online activity.
So, use a VPN to encrypt your data and encrypt it from outside access.
Be cautious with unsolicited emails.
Be cautious with unsolicited emails. Hackers can use these emails to send malware and other harmful files to your computer.
If you receive an email that you weren’t expecting, contact the sender through another channel before opening any attachments or downloading any files.
Always update your software and security applications.
This helps ensure that everything on your device is up-to-date and secure. Hackers always find vulnerabilities in older versions of programs and take advantage of them.
So, make sure you are always running the latest version of everything.
Always use strong passwords and change them regularly.
Longer passwords containing a combination of numbers, capital letters, and lower case letters are more difficult to crack than short passwords made up of words found in the dictionary.
Also, if possible, use a password manager to help you remember all those different passwords.
Secure your home Wi-Fi network by using a complex password.
Hackers can find out your Wi-Fi name (SSID) from public sources or simply look for unsecured networks to exploit.
If you have a weak password, hackers can easily get access to your home Wi-Fi network and gain access to all the devices connected to it.
Encrypt your communications with end-to-end encryption apps
Use an end-to-end encryption app like Signal to send and receive encrypted messages and voice calls.
Only access websites that use HTTPS:// encryption
When you visit a website, look for the lock icon in the address bar. If there is no lock icon, the site doesn’t use HTTPS encryption.
So, if you visit an unencrypted website, hackers can easily see what you are doing and steal your login information.
Always scan any email attachments for malware and don’t click on any links until you verify they go to a trustworthy website.
Hackers can place malicious code within email attachments and then redirect you to sites that look legitimate but contain malware or phishing attacks.
Use Two- or Multi-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security where the user must have two different things to gain access to their account.
You can use two-factor authentication with an app like Google Authenticator or Authy.
The first step is to have a username and password. Then, you enter a random set of numbers provided by an authenticator app.
This prevents someone from logging into your account even if they know your password.
Always turn on two-factor authentication on any account that offers it.
The first step to staying safe is to educate yourself on Internet safety. Remember that the Internet is a giant playground full of dangers.
You should never take steps that you aren’t comfortable with and always think before you do something. Also, don’t be afraid to seek help from others.
Hopefully, this article has given you some information on how to stay safe and avoid cyber attacks.
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