4 Cybersecurity Strategies To Stay Safe Working At Home

4 Cybersecurity Strategies To Stay Safe Working At Home

Someone in your company no doubt makes sure the networks are secure and safeguards are in place to block bad guys. But who does that at your house? Right, it’s you or no one.

Home Internet security. During the current crisis, with employees working at home, many companies have issued employees guidance on how to establish home Internet security. It's definitely guidance worth following. Take a look.

1. When is the last time you changed the locks?

Meaning updated your software? You might have noticed that software frequently has security updates. That's because smart hackers figured out how to break the software. But what you may not know is that there is a second wave of crafty hackers who just read the security updates for tips on how to compromise those systems of the folks who don't update. It's like they have a key to jump right into your computer if you’re system is outdated. Your mission is to change the locks and update regularly.

2. Use secret codes.

Implement two-factor identification wherever possible. Yes, it is a second step and may be a bit more time consuming. You will have to put in a new secret code every time you do certain tasks, but it is better than a hacker walking out with your briefcase.

3. Use a mask for your computer.

Meaning, mask your Internet activity with a VPN. This tool protects your privacy. It doesn't protect you from phishing, malicious software, or digital viruses, but at least you aren't accessing your company website and tools in cyber-public.

4. Reinforce endpoint security.

All devices used to access your company information are potential entry points for hackers to infiltrate your network. Setup firewalls and install antivirus software on every desktop or laptop computer used for work. Make a company policy with basic system necessities in order to use personal equipment for work.

Create a company equipment standard.

Employees should only be connecting to your network using a VPN, strong passwords, multi-factor authentication whenever possible, and through an updated connection. We encourage everyone to update their home router from the default settings with a new password, make sure your firmware is updated to patch vulnerabilities, and set the encryption to WPA2 or WPA3.