As a result of the stricter measures concerning the coronavirus, companies are forced to allow their employees to work from home as much as possible. Some companies are fully prepared for this and have the knowledge and tools to make this possible. Other companies need to look for creative solutions to integrate this as quickly as possible within their company.
However, homeworking is more than just connecting a laptop to the internet connection at your home. It is the perfect opportunity for hackers to access sensitive business information in an easy way. That’s why we share some tips to make your home office a safe place and to protect your data from hackers!
1. Establish a remote work policy for your employees
Are you a company manager and do you have to make sure that your employees can work from home in the best possible way? Then draw up a remote work policy! The success of working from home stands or falls with clear agreements. Therefore make a clear document in which all expectations and guidelines are clearly written down. For example, how do they have to log in on their computer to get access to all the needed documents? Always make sure that someone is available during working hours to handle and answer problems or questions about homeworking.
2. Two-factor authentication (2FA)
Most of us probably know that it is important to choose a strong password that is preferably 8 characters long and consists of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. It is also important to choose a different password for each account.
But did you know that when you work from home, it’s best to choose a two-factor authentication as well? This means that in addition to your normal password, you also need to verify that it is you before you can gain access. This is often a code that you receive on your smartphone.
3. Secure network, anti-malware, antivirus
Ensure the use of a secure WiFi connection. Do you share the connection with others? Then consider setting up a network connection just for your work purposes. If this option is built into your router, an additional purchase is not necessary.
Are you forced to use your personal computer without an up-to-date antivirus or malware software? Then you are more likely to be affected by viruses or malware. So be sure to install it before you start working with confidential and business-sensitive information!
4. Mail encryption
You may not think about it, but the mails you send are always reviewed by service providers. By encrypting your mails, the content will only be accessible to you and the recipient. This reduces the chance of interception by hackers.
5. Phishing mails
As we mentioned in one of our previous blogs, hackers adore trends. Therefore, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be aware of the possible dangers of phishing mails, even when working from home.
Because we often have the first reaction to open an attachment or click on a link, it takes some self-control not to do this. Whether it’s a mailing about the coronavirus or a mail from an unknown sender about the new measures within your company, always be on your guard. Read here what to watch out for in case of suspicious mailings.
6. Back-up personal and business related information
Always make a backup according to the rules at your company. This backup makes it possible to restore the personal and/or the business data hackers stole. Click here for more information about back ups and data continuity within your company.
If you still have questions about cybersecurity within your company, you can always contact us. We will be happy to help you in these unusual times!