7 tips to make remote work more secure
We’ve heard and read about remote work, with more frequency since the beginning of last year, about its pros and cons, tips, and tricks to stay motivated, to improve productivity or even, for how to switch off work after hours. But today, we want to talk about something just as, or even more important than everything listed above: Security.
Here’s how to work remotely with more security
1. Pick the right workplace
Make sure you are in a private, silent place, if you’re working from home this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re working in a coffee shop or a public space you might want to keep this in mind.
When you’re in a meeting, be sure no one can eavesdrop. Even if you’re using a headset, people could still overhear your voice.
2. Lock your devices
If you must walk away from your work area, do not leave anything out in the open, lock your devices so no one can make bad use of your company’s information.
3. Secure your connection
If you’re working from home, make sure your Wi-Fi is encrypted with WPA-2, and if you need to access on-premises servers, use a VPN to connect to your company’s network.
4. Secure your data
In case your device gets accessed or stolen, you want your information to be as secure as possible. Use strong authentication (such as Microsoft Hello) and multi-factor authentication (PIN and password, or password and fingerprint/facial scan).
This way, they might have access to the device, but not to your data.
5. Use complex, long and easy-to-remember passwords
When it comes to passwords, you want them to be at least 12 characters long, do not use simple English words, pet names or birthdays.
It has to be long and complex, but easy to remember, you can choose a quote from your favorite book, song lyric or movie.
6. Use secure cloud locations
Using secure cloud locations such as SharePoint or OneDrive, you’ll be able to access your data even if your device is lost, gets stolen or if it gets infected by ransomware.
7. Stay alert for phishing emails and phone calls
Lawbreakers often try to take advantage of uncertainty, be aware of emails and phone calls that are from authorities or company officers, they usually contain suspicious links or ask for confidential information.
Remote work is part of our new normality, stay alert and be aware, security’s always first. To read more tips on how to work from home more securely, click here.
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