The recent Covid-19 pandemic has created a chaotic situation around the world. However, the economic impact of this chaos threatens every big and small business with big financial losses or even bankruptcy. Hence, people have stepped into the online world to keep things running. Remote working does also come with lots of cybersecurity threats. Hence, here we reiterate some common cybersecurity tips for safe remote working around the world.
Cybersecurity Tips For Remote Working
While working at the office, people usually don’t worry so much about practicing security measures since the relevant IT department is there to manage the devices used. Though when working at home, some of the burden of online security sits on the shoulder of an individual user.
Below, we list some common tips for ensuring cybersecurity for safe remote working. While we have stressed almost all of them many times, this article simply serves as a quick reminder.
1. Be Wary of Phishing/Online Scams
From SMS to emails, attackers never miss a chance to prey on users. Specifically, in today’s scenario when people have no direct or person-to-person communication with the colleagues, there is a higher chance of receiving deceptive emails impersonating your CEO or business colleagues.
To prevent any confusion, be sure to establish multiple ways of communication via online messengers, such as Skype, WhatsApp, or Telegram, any secondary emails (other than the business ID), and/or contact numbers. This will allow you to check the legitimacy of any email or SMS that you deem unusual.
2. Never Share Your Credentials
Remote working comes with the stress of using multiple accounts across different platforms, including messengers, emails and project management tools. While we don’t condone this, some companies may use joint accounts for certain systems these could be intercepted if sent via your email.
Therefore, be very careful if you absolutely have to share login credentials with anyone. At first, try to avoid sharing login details to sensitive platforms via email or SMS. If needed at all, make sure to do so via secure means, such as encrypted messaging platforms like WhatsApp or Telegram.
3. Keep Your Antivirus Updated
Many adept business firms compel their employees to keep their antivirus updated and activated. The same needs to be done at home. Keep your antivirus running and updated on your work systems.
Stay safe everyone!