Working From Home: Cybersecurity Matters, and Here's What You Can Do About It

Última actualización: April 16th, 2020 - 06:16 pm

Given the particular circumstances the world is currently is living due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's easy to ignore some details in our everyday habits that make working from home more insecure than working from the office. For instance, do you use your own personal computer of the one the company gave you? Which network do you connect to? What security level does your Internet connection have? All these issues make the home devices and networks a perfect target for attackers.

With a huge percentage of the worldwide population working from home, networks begin to become saturated, and this increases the level of exposition. These are the things you can do to protect both your work and your company.

  • Backup your data regularly. Attackers are the first to try and take advantage of the particular moment in which many of us are working from home. Now their focus will be on teleconference platforms, it's important to make backups of the archives stored on your devices in case of an eventual attack and/or loss of information. This applies for both personal and work devices.
  • Use secure networks. According to a report by Cisco, at least 1 out of 10 users admit to connect to the Internet through a neighbor's WiFi, and 37% of teleworkers shares his work computers with friends or family members. Avoid sharing WiFi connection with unknown individuals--use a private connection protected with a WPA2 password that includes letters, numbers and special characters. Use work devices only for work-related tasks. For online shopping, gaming and Internet browsing, it's better to use your personal devices instead.   
  • Use multiple authentication methods to login. Besides the classic username and password, it's better to configure a second factor of authentication, whenever possible. The most common one is the code you get on your phone via SMS, the so-called mobile token. Some apps even let you set up the login using your face or your voice as password.
  • Have teleconferences in closed rooms. Avoid having remote meetings close to windows. It might sound paranoid, but our houses are not acoustically isolated as the office's meeting rooms. Plus, you never know who may be listening and what kind of information they're interested in.
  • Avoid showing passwords to the camera. There's a reason why it's common to see people covering the camera and microphone of their laptops. As hackers can infiltrate and take control of the camera of your device, it's important there's no sensitive information at the reach of the camera lens. Also, try not to spell passwords, usernames or read your credit card numbers aloud when the PC is on. While being within an intimate space like home, it's necessary to pay special attention to these sort of actions.

Working from home is a challenge for many of us, even those who're already accustomed to it, given in this case it's not possible to enjoy what's probable the better advantage of teleworking--going out. Even though the advances in connectivity and technology make teleworking easy, it can become a threat if we don't take the appropriate security measures.  

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