Cybersecurity tips for digital nomads
Although the pandemic heavily increased remote work, before this started, there were already groups of people choosing this work style. However, their motives were different: to travel and to see the world. These people are called ‘’digital nomads’’.
What is a digital nomad?
‘’Digital nomads are remote workers who usually travel to different locations. They often work in coffee shops, co-working spaces, or public libraries, relying on devices with wireless internet capabilities like smart phones and mobile hotspots to do their work wherever they want’’. -Hubspot, 2020.
There are numerous benefits of being a digital nomad, like becoming more adaptable or having more free time to do the things you love. Nevertheless, there are certain challenges you wouldn’t have to face if you were working in an office, like a growth in cybersecurity risks.
From malware to compromised public hotspots, being on the outside world makes it easier for cybercriminals to attack.
Here are 5 ways to securely work on-the-go
1. Avoid public Wi-Fi
Public WiFi networks offer convenience, but not security. Avoid connecting to unsecured networks, although it can be tempting, especially when you need to get something done ASAP.
If this is the case, you can do activities that don’t contain sensitive information, such as editing content. However, if you need to access your bank account, you will want to wait until you get access to a secure network.
You can find these public WiFi hotspots in places such as airports, coffee shops, and hotels.
2. Install device tracker software
When you’re on the go, you can’t be too careful. Be proactive, install device tracker software, so, in case your devices get stolen, you will have a way to see where they are.
Some device trackers allow you to set devices to a ‘’missing status’’, lock and wipe them, or set off alarms.
3. Use multi-factor authentication and password managers
Multi-factor authentication is a must nowadays, not just for digital nomads. However, if you are one, you might want to pay a little more attention to this. Read this article to learn how you can go passwordless with the Microsoft Authenticator App.
In case you’re not ready to go passwordless, set unique and secure passwords, and make use of password managers.
4. Choose a good antivirus
A good antivirus program can keep you safe from numerous threats, such as ransomware, adware, spyware, fraud tools, malicious URLs, spam, scam, and even phishing attacks.
Keep your antivirus running and updated and try to choose one that has other security features, such as firewall and network monitor software.
5. Be secure everywhere
As we mentioned earlier, you can’t be too careful when you’re working remotely. Data and tech gear are a digital nomad’s livelihood, so it is crucial to take extra precautions.
Go the extra mile to protect your freedom and this lifestyle you love. Prepare for cyber-attacks and avoid being a victim of them by following the tips stated above.