Remote working has become the norm for millions of people as a result of the current Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, but whilst working from home has many benefits, it can leave your company, and your remote workers, open to cyber security threats.
Here are some tips to help keep you and your remote workers safe.
Use a VPN (virtual private network)
Most businesses generally use VPNs to ensure that nobody who is unauthorised has access to their networks, but they’re also a vital tool for remote workers. A VPN encrypts internet traffic and creates secure connections between devices and networks. This protects your employees helping maintain their online privacy, and lessens the risk of hackers stealing your company’s vital information.
Install Firewalls and Antivirus Software
Ensure you enable firewalls in your operating systems and hardware to provide an additional layer of protection between your laptop/desktop and the internet, stopping any malware or other threats before they reach your device. You should also use antivirus software, which will find and remove any malware that should manage to find its way onto your device. Remember that software is only as effective as the last update, so be sure to update regularly so that it can detect any new malware threats.
It’s worth noting that antivirus software provider, Avast, is currently extending free security offers to protect their partners and their customers.
Regularly Update your Software
Installing updates may be a pain and take time, but the latest updates are designed to cover the latest and new threats to your system, so keeping it up to date is incredibly important. Most software offers automatic updates, so you won’t have to worry about doing it manually.
You could also employ patch management software. This software tracks patches on your remote worker’s devices then distributes the latest updates on a company-wide basis
Beware of Online Scams
Remote workers are most likely to be a victim of an online scam, such as a Phishing email which elicits personal information from them. An email from your bank, mobile phone provider, or even a friend, can trick people into clicking on malicious links, especially at a time when everyone is worried and concerned, and may not be checking as thoroughly as before.
Remain vigilant and sceptical of everything you see online. Check email addresses and view links or attachments with suspicion, and never give out personal information in response to an unsolicited text, email, or telephone call.
Back up your Data Regularly
You must back up your data on a regular basis to ensure that you have a copy of your files. This will provide you with a safe starting point should you become the victim of a ransomware attack and suffer a major data loss.
Speak to our Expert Technical Team
The shift to working from home may cause many cyber security challenges for businesses, but our technical team are here to support our customers and help keep them safe from threats. Speak to our technical experts on 020 7111 1643 or log a support call here.