A Guide to Securely Working Remotely

Editorial Team

A Guide to Securely Working Remotely

Many people have found the joys of getting to work from home. This allows them a chance to work on the different parts of their business, whether they run it on their own or they are able to work for another company and work remotely. With the Covid-19 pandemic and more going on, many workers are finding that it is better to work from the comforts of their own homes. 

However, if you do decide to work at home, there are a few security measures that you should take to make sure that the work is not only done but is done safely and efficiently for everyone involved. Some of the ways that you can take care of your work from home includes:

Update All Devices

You need to make sure that all of your devices, at least the ones that you plan to use for work, are updated. Check the routers, mobile devices, and computers as well. Checking them, with the help of a professional if you are not sure what to do, will help ensure that they are safe. You should also change any of the default passwords to something only you know. 

There are different ways that you can create a strong password, and you need to be careful and do this. Use a password manager if you need to make this process a little easier. Change the router and wi-fi passwords quickly and consider where else you may need to make some updates as well. 

Be Careful Downloading Software

While you may need a few types of software to help you work from home, you need to be careful about the types that you decide to use. Any download that you choose needs to go through the appropriate channels for the company you work with to ensure that it is safe and secure to use. 

Even if you are in charge of picking the software that will be used, you must be cautious of all downloads to avoid malware, viruses, and other options getting onto the computer. If your company has a list of approved and secure software available, it is often best to choose one of those. 

Follow the Best Practices for Email Security

Email is often one of the first places that hackers are going to reach you through. They know that a lot of people assume that their emails are safe, and that makes them more likely to just click on links and other items that are found there, whether this is a safe way to do things or not. 

As you are working from home or remotely, you need to be careful about how strong your email is and the links that you click. It is often best to have your own business or work email to keep the personal and business separate from one another. Having strong passwords in place can also be critical to protecting sensitive data. 

When receiving a link to click on, you need to be careful. Verify that it is from a reputable sender if possible. If it is something like your bank or a log-in for a site that you use for work, just go directly to that site and get on. This can help protect you from any potential phishing attacks.

Use Multifactor Authentication

Some people do not like to use this because they feel that it really slows down the work that they do. It does take a few more seconds to log onto some of the accounts that you need, but it is going to be a lifesaver if a hacker tries to get onto the account. 

Not all websites are going to provide this kind of service, but you should use them whenever it is possible. You can have several layers of protection, which will slow down the hacker and make it harder for them to get onto any sensitive information on the computer. 

Keep Work and Personal Information Separate

Never share emails or other items between work and personal lives. This is going to include accessing any of your personal data on a company device or company data on a personal device. This is going to make it more likely that a hacker is able to get on and gain access to what you have. 

Mistakes can also be made with personal information and personal devices that can put some of the work you do at risk. Always use caution and just keep the two factors separate. 

Listen to Security Warnings on Websites

It is always a good idea to pay attention to some of the security warnings that are available when you visit a website. Many web browsers are going to have a pop-up come out when there is a bad or expired certificate on the website. That is a place you need to stay clear of. 

The reason for this is that the operator may potentially be spoofing a legitimate website or that they messed with the security setup at some point. A VPN is another good option to keep you safe in case something does go wrong with a website that you are using. 

If there is some reason that you would need to use public Wi-Fi, which is not recommended when doing work, be cautious and do not enter any sensitive information, applications, or websites while you are doing that. Always be careful about inputting details of the credit card as well because these are always at a risk of something getting on and stealing them. 

Keeping Work Safe While Working Remotely

Working remotely can open up a lot of doors for individuals to determine when and how they would like to work and is changing up some of the landscape that many will see with working in the future. The security of data and information is just as important when the individual is at home or at work. Using the tips above will help to keep all that data safe and sound.