With millions of Americans working from home, now more than ever we need to be conscious of the risks posed by cybercriminals, especially when using an employer’s computer in our personal network. It is important for you to not only follow your company’s cybersecurity policies but also stay aware of potential issues.
Here are 5 cybersecurity tips to guide you in the right way of protecting your company’s data:
- Secure Your Information
It is important to have the same level of carefulness at work as in your everyday life when it comes to sharing personal information, such as your credit card number or your Social Security number. Cybercriminals are creating fake but sophisticated-looking websites and email addresses that hackers can use to breach your data and social media accounts.
- Don’t Be Fooled by Phishing
Watch out for phishers, who may claim to be part of an organization and send a link for you to open, potentially leading to a security breach. Phishers will target entire employee networks with malicious emails, false links, and pop-up windows that contain viruses and malware. Always be wary of any communication via email or pop-up webpage that requests personal or company information.
- Only Connect to a Secured Wi-Fi
Having a secure home Wi-Fi connection can reduce your exposure to potential data security risks. It is always suggested that your personal connection be encrypted, secure, and hidden. If your job requires you to work remotely using public Wi-Fi connections, you may want to consider using a VPN service. Never assume your information is secured while using a working or public Wi-Fi connection. Public Wi-Fi connections should be especially avoided when using a company-issued computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
- Install the Latest Security Updates
You can take measures to keep personal and company data safe by making sure your web browsers and operating systems are updated with the latest version. Having the most recent and comprehensive versions of your anti-malware and antivirus security software can also help reduce cybersecurity threats. Pay close attention to any security protocols or updates your company’s IT department may issue, and install them promptly.
- Communicate Often With Your IT Department
If you have any doubt or concern about the security of your data, contact your IT department for more information. It is also best practice to inform your IT department of any warnings from your security software so that they are conscious of any possible threats. Consider the IT department a friend who is also trying to protect the company’s data.
Marie, O. (2019, November 27). Cybersecurity tips: 5 best practices every employee should know. Tech Times.