You’re working at your computer when all of the sudden – BAM! – you get a pop-up notification that your PC is infected with a virus and you must “click here” to run a scan or install antivirus software. This is a common scareware tactic used by hackers to get you to click and download a virus.
Working from home poses various risks to your company, its data and its livelihood. Although your employees may have the best of intentions, establishing a Work-From-Home Policy reduces these risks by providing them a clear set of guidelines and procedures.
If you’re using cloud applications while your employees are working from home, you are right to be concerned about data privacy and security. The company hosting your data is ultimately responsible for keeping hackers out of THEIR network, but most cloud breaches are due to USER ERROR.
Here are a few things you can easily do to improve security in the cloud:
Maintain a STRONG password of at least eight characters with numbers, symbols and both uppercase and lowercase letters.
The greatest threats to your company and its data come from hackers and cybercriminals. It's just as important, however, to ensure the physical security of your devices while working from home.
Implement these recommendations:
Shut down your device and store it in a secure place before leaving your home for any reason.
It’s easy to become a little more relaxed when working from the comfort of your living room or home office. Surfing over to Facebook, other social media or even personal e-mail accounts can be very tempting.
But the ONLY thing you should use your company’s workstation or laptop for is…WORK! Check your personal accounts on YOUR personal device.
We expect a rise in cyber-attacks during this pandemic because of the dramatic increase of employees working from home. Far too many employers won’t think about security as their team starts working at the kitchen table. That’s a dangerous precedent.
Most of your employees have wireless networks set up in their homes. Unlike with your business WiFi, many home users are lax about creating secure wireless networks – leaving a back door open to hackers. WiFi signals often broadcast far beyond your employees’ homes and out into the streets.
Because your employees may be required to work from home, their mindset may be, “I may as well use my home computer.” This is a dangerous mistake.
Home computers and personal mobile devices could be littered with tons of downloaded music, videos, images and more.
A phishing e-mail is a bogus e-mail that is carefully designed to look like a legitimate request (or attached file) from a site you trust in an effort to get you to willingly give up your login information to a particular website or to click and download a virus.
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