How to stay safe when working from home?

Cyber security is also important when working remotely.
How do we tackle the challenges?

Cyber security and remote work — can it ever work?

Working from home has become the new norm for many of us. Despite the difficult times, cyber security threats are not on a pause. In fact, there is a clear increase in phishing and other cyber­crime activity now that most people are working from home.

Usually someone else takes care of cyber security at workplaces. Now you have to pay more attention to cyber security measures yourself. By following the best practices and tips and using the correct tools you can enjoy your work at home — and safe.

1. Use antivirus software

There’s no way around it, you just need to have it to work safe. Start improving your cyber security for remote work by getting antivirus software on your computer. Prevent malware from compromis­ing your work and your employer’s systems. If you don’t have any, you can get F‑Secure’s award-winning SAFE for free for 30 days.

2. Make sure your system and programs are up to date

Programs and operating systems are updated regularly to improve their security. Make sure your operating system is running the latest version. Enable automatic updates to secure your systems.

3. Pay attention to WiFi and network security

Improve your WiFi security by encrypting your network. If your WiFi requires a password, then it’s a good start. If not, access your router settings to change this.

The default passwords to access router settings are a weak link in WiFi and network security. If you have never done it before, change your router’s password. An attacker could get access to your devices through the router.

4. Secure your privacy with a VPN

If you are using your own computer for remote work, get a VPN to secure your connection and encrypt your data. With VPN, your web traffic can’t be accessed by anyone you don’t want to. Use VPN always to improve the security of public WiFi networks.

5. Avoid oversharing your screen

During online meetings, be cautious when sharing your screen. If possible, don’t leave any windows open that you don’t want to share. Accidents do happen. While it can be awkward, it’s also a privacy issue. You might accidentally share content that is not meant to be viewed by others.

6. Beware Covid-19 related scams

Internet criminals have widely exploited the Covid-19 outbreak in numerous phishing and scam campaigns. If you get emails with any suspicious links or attachments related to Covid-19, don’t open them. Better safe than sorry. Other phishing emails can be encountered as well.

7. Don’t share personal information in messages or social media

Don’t share any personal information on messages or emails. It could be just another case of phishing. Ensure that the request was legitimate before sending important personal information.

It’s also a cyber security risk to share pictures of your remote work equipment in social media. You might accidentally share important information. Same goes with using your webcam. With webcams you might also risk the privacy of your family members.

8. Create a good working environment

As no-one knows how long the situation is going to last, it is a good idea to create a comfortable working environment for yourself. Getting every inch of your body aching with unergonomic working methods will definitely do no good for you. Social media is full of good ideas you can use yourself.

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