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How to Secure Remote Working? Here are 5 ways of doing so!

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The ongoing pandemic has brought out a huge change in our lives for sure. One of the biggest aftermaths of this pandemic has been working remote, or in simple terms, the ‘work from home’ concept. As per a recent report, 40% of the employees adore their flexible schedules when they tend to work from home, instead of office premises. On that note, where there are pros, there are cons as well. While working remotely is flexible and convenient, there are some cybersecurity tips that you must follow to stay on the safer side. If you have been wondering about them of late, you are definitely on the right page. Here, we will walk you through five such battle-tested cybersecurity tips for remote workers. Let us begin.

Table of Contents

  1. Add an extra layer of Security with SSL Certificates
  2. Say Yes to Antivirus and Internet Safety
  3. Invest in Sliding Webcam Covers
  4. Begin with Securing your Home Wi-Fi
  5. Be wary of Email Spams and Phishing Alerts

Add an extra layer of Security with SSL Certificates.

You must know that encryption of data is important to make it untraceable by cybercriminals. When you encrypt data, the process scrambled the text, making it impossible for the hackers to break in. This is only possible when you install an SSL Certificate for your system and add an extra layer of security. An SSL Certificate will ensure that the data exchanged between the remote workplace and company website is encrypted and safe.

Now, you might as well be wondering how do I know whether or not a site is SSL certified or not? It is pretty simple. Just look for the grey padlock on the top of the URL, and you will find that the site has an HTTPS URL instead of an HTTP one. The extra ‘S’ stands for security that it imparts to its users. Nowadays, you can find many SSL Certificates online. The right kind of SSL certificate and its validation level matters too! We recommend going for an EV SSL certificate for sites that are involved in the payment gateway, financial or banking sector, as this offers the highest validation level, which translates to a greater trust factor.  Here the CA runs a thorough background check of the company, its legal and physical existence in addition to the checks carried out in DV and OV validation. Also, note that EV SSL certificates can only be issued to companies in business for at least three years.

Say Yes to Antivirus and Internet Safety

It is never too late to invest in a comprehensive antivirus suite for you and your employees. Now that you are working remotely, going the extra mile will only work in your favour and benefit you at large. The second you put up an antivirus suite onto your system, you wash your hands off the hard work of protecting your device, a ton of threats and professional hackers too.

Further, they help to fend off most of the online security threats and updates automatically as and when a new update pops up. Once you get your hands on this suite, you will naturally steer away from phishing scams, spams, malware, spyware and all other types of viruses as well. You will find a tough bunch of online antivirus suites, both free and premium, that will take a lot of burden off your shoulders.

Invest in Sliding Webcam Covers

It is a given that working remotely will demand you to take part in teleconferences and video calls as and when the need arises. Simply put, this means that there is a substantial usage of your webcams. The greatest bane of today’s technology is that savvy hackers can easily access your webcam without your permission. If you happen to have a webcam separate from your device, consider unplugging it when you are not using it.

And just in case your webcam is in-built, make sure that you have put up a sliding webcam cover on top of it. You can easily find it online in different price ranges, sizes and shapes. They are easy to install, too and come with an adhesive layer that sits around your webcam. This will help in protecting you from different hacks and online crime that you would not have ever imagined in the first place.

Begin with Securing your Home Wi-Fi

Now that you are working remote, you are thoroughly relying on your Home Wi-Fi. Do not let a few hindrances come in your way to work safely. To begin with, come up with a strong and unique password for your home Wi-Fi. By strong password, it is meant that you give a good spin on alphabets, numeric, signs and symbols. Avoid relying on the robotic password that your router came with.

Also, make it a point that you change your password once every three months or so. And also to not use the same password ever again on your system. You can easily access your router’s settings page by typing 192.168.1.1 onto your browser. This will enable you to change the password to a tough one. Following such simple and easy tips will enable you to safeguard your Home Wi-Fi’s security.

Be wary of Email Spams and Phishing Alerts.

While communicating in emails is much needed for remote work to operate successfully. On the one hand, that is true; on the other, emails are also a great source of getting exploited and your data getting compromised. So be wary of the emails that you receive. Long story short, do not click on those links that might seem a little fishy to you. These suspicious links have the power to steal away your precious data. Instead, make sure that your emails can be accessed securely by using the VPN of your organization only.

That’s a Wrap

We hope that we have shed enough light and information on cybersecurity for remote workers. Following these five battle-tested tips will help you steer away from any of such vicious attacks on the digital forum. Make sure that you respect the safety and online security if you want it to respect you back. As working from home has increased worldwide, cybersecurity for remote workers has become a hot topic. But then again, all is not lost yet as long as you know your dos and don’ts.

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