Top Tips For Keeping Your Data Safe When Remote Working

The past two years have seen an IT revolution, as remote working technology was adopted on a mass scale for the very first time.

The results of this have been particularly pronounced, with almost 90 per cent of remote working people getting as much or even more done at home than they did when working in an office.

However, with people working in a more decentralised way than ever, it has become even more important to focus on cybersecurity and best data management practices to avoid data loss, cybercrimes and breaching data protection legislation.

Here are some of the biggest cybersecurity threats and how they can be addressed.

Unsecured WiFi

If you use WiFi in a public location such as a coffee shop, events centre or on public transport, this connection is unsecured, which is a considerable data risk.

The reason for this is that the network traffic accessed on a computer or smart device connected to the hotspot can be tracked, the computer can be accessed and malware can be installed.

Encourage employees to avoid unsecured WiFi hotspots, but to keep them safe regardless, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), as well as stick to secure websites with an “HTTPS” web address.

As well as this, ensuring that mobile security and antivirus software is kept up to date will also help to protect data.

Lack Of Training

A lack of knowledge with regards to cybersecurity issues can considerably increase the risk of a cyberattack, so all employees must receive up to date training and information about how to navigate cybersecurity issues.

This can range from knowing about the responsibilities of the company as a data provider, how to use a range of online security programs such as antivirus and malware scanners, as well as best practice information on how to use work systems outside of the office and how to spot malicious emails.

Lack Of Personal Security

Typically, work computer systems will be protected using a range of dedicated systems, but much like how a home office blurs the lines between personal and workspace, it is also important to ensure that personal devices are protected and not at risk of divulging sensitive information.

Using a VPN will help, as will ensuring that the operating system, device drivers and all software packages are updated regularly.

As well as this, two-factor authentication can help reduce the risk of damage from data leaks, as a password needs to be verified from another device.

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