How To Stay Secure Whilst Working Remotely In 2020

With an increasingly data-sensitive society, ensuring your work is secure has never been more important.

And now with the Covid-19 pandemic causing havoc, many people have been forced to work remotely for the first time. 

This, of course, can present many security challenges – especially if you handle sensitive data.

 As a business that is 100% remote, we know only too well the security issues that can crop up when working remotely. 

However, fear not, as there are some very simple and highly effective ways in which you can work securely no matter where you are.

Below are 6 tips which help increase your security when working remotely:

1. Use A VPN

This is super important for keeping your internet connection secure.

“But what is a VPN” I hear you ask?

Well, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service that encrypts all data sent across your internet connection.

In other words, it basically prevents other people (e.g. other people using the same network and even your own broadband provider) from spying on your online activity.

If you’re on the hunt for a good VPN, we suggest Surfshark or Nord.

2. Keep It Updated!

In the world of technology, if your software is outdated then it’s most likely insecure too.

While you may presume your updates are just associated with adding new features and fixing bugs, they’re also there to fix security vulnerabilities. 

Applying any new updates that are available on your computer (and other devices) goes a long way, regardless of how tedious updating can be!

Try to keep both your operating system and apps up to date with the latest versions.

3. Use Encrypted Messaging

Did you know by default emails are not encrypted? 

It is not good practice to send sensitive data (such as passwords) over unencrypted platforms. 

Instead, try to use a platform that has encryption built into it.

Most email clients now have options to encrypt your emails which makes sending sensitive information a lot easier! 

Examples of platforms that are encrypted by default  include instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal and Viber.

Alternatively, there are great online platforms out there that you can use to send sensitive information such as KeePass or LastPast.

4. Two-factor Authentication

Ever logged in to an online account and then had to confirm your identity by entering a code sent to you by text, even after entering the correct password? This is an example of two-factor authentication.

Two-factor authentication makes a great backup to your password. This means if your password is somehow compromised, attackers still won’t be able to gain access to the account.

It’s always best to turn this option on wherever possible, especially for accounts where you have sensitive data stored e.g. emails, social media accounts etc..

5. Secure Your Back-Ups!

Keeping your data backed up is always important. 

However, keeping it backed up securely is arguably even more important. Backing up your data to a secure location is key when working remotely!

For example, if you use a hard drive to store your backups make sure it is encrypted and password-protected to ensure no one can read the data if you happen to lose it!

6. Strong Passwords

Sounds obvious I know! But you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this!

This point also includes changing your passwords every so often.

Weak passwords are one of the most common reasons why people get hacked.

If you know a password has been hacked, it’s no longer safe to use that same password anywhere else. 

This is due to the fact that leaked credentials are commonly stored on public lists and are used by attackers in order to try and hack into other accounts using the same credentials.

Another key point to keep in mind is, try not to use the same password for all accounts/devices! 

Summary

Working remotely is fast becoming the mainstream norm and to some of you, these tips may be common knowledge however, if it’s not, we highly recommend implementing them into your daily routine! 

And with all that being said, these tips would be completely useless if your device is already infected with virus’ and malware! So it’s always best to start with scanning your device for any suspicious activity/files!

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james and jess

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