Five Ways to Protect Yourself When Working from Home during The Covid-19 Pandemic

Written by: Sheri Amos on: June 19, 2020
Five Ways to Protect Yourself When Working from Home during The Covid-19 Pandemic

Within a matter of days, companies were forced to shift into remote work for their employees. Working from home has become a necessity and with it, comes an increased risk of cyber-attacks and security breaches.

Unlike office devices, personal laptops and home computers may not have the added layers of security controls that protect corporate data and personal information. This leaves companies vulnerable to phishing and poses a risk for both workers and clients.

With remote work continuing for the unforeseeable future, it is important to protect yourself online now more than ever. Here are five simple steps to help your company increase the safety of your employees online.

1. Strengthen passwords

Change your passwords on all devices, apps, and frequent logins to reduce the risk of a third-party accessing your personal information. Make sure that the passwords are unique across all platforms and include a mix of numbers, symbols, and capital and lowercase letters.

As an added measure, use multi-factor authentication such as face recognition, SMS codes, and security questions when possible.

2. Secure your network

On your router settings, switch on your password protection and make sure that your home WiFi connection is encrypted. Public networks leave your private data vulnerable to unauthorized users, so it is recommended to only connect through your personal WiFi.

For increased safety, call your Internet service provider for a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your online activity and reduce the risk of cyberattacks and phishing.

3. Ensure safe web browsing

The measures that online hackers use to access sensitive data can be clever and tricky. Emails and links that seem valid are hidden methods of leading you into unsecured websites that allow cyber attackers to obtain your passwords and information.

It’s important to follow these online practices to keep you and your company safe:

• Make sure that HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) precedes the URL for secure communication.
• Double-check suspicious emails and reach out to coworkers, friends, and family to confirm validity.
• Keep family members away from your corporate/work devices
• Verify your sources before sharing or clicking a link.

4. Password protect your online meetings

Popular video conferencing platforms like Zoom have reported an increase in security breaches. To protect you and your team, add a required password for entry to control guest access and make sure that the latest patches and software updates are installed.

5. Invest in a sliding webcam cover

With the surge in online meetings and hangouts, it’s important to be aware that hackers can easily access your webcam. Most laptops have built-in webcams and should be covered when not in use.

Creo Promotional Solutions offers sliding webcam covers to protect you and your clients while working from home. Branded webcam covers make great gifts to your clients and staff. They’ll not only appreciate your efforts in helping keep themselves safe online, but it’s also a practical way of increasing your brand awareness.

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