By Oliver Smith on The Capital
There is a dire need to stay safe on the internet as it has become a space riddled with malicious links and viruses. Businesses are forced to implement WFH policy amid the Covid-19 outbreak. So remote workers are more vulnerable than ever before. Data breaches are becoming more frequent, ransomware attacks are skyrocketing, and crimes are rising up tremendously. So remote workers need actionable to-do’s that can help them stay alert and safe while working online.
6 Tips for Businesses:
Here are some tips that remote workers need to adopt to save businesses from cyberattacks:
Clicking without Thinking Is Reckless
Just because you can click, doesn’t mean you should. Malicious links can do damage and can cost you a hefty sum in several different ways, so be sure to inspect links and ensure they’re from trusted senders before clicking. Phishing attacks are on top these days so think twice before opening any other link you receive. You can fall in ransomware attacks just by clicking suspicious links.
Stick to your own devices
Sticking to one device is the best possible way to protect data breaches. So try to limit using other devices as much as possible. Do not share your credentials with others, and never give anyone remote access to your computer.
Keep up with Updates
When security flaws are discovered software patches can be issued. Yes, software update notifications are annoying. But you are putting yourself at risk for malware and other types of computer infection by totally avoiding them. Always have updated software in your system to avoid falling into traps of fraudsters.
Use Authentication Methods
When you are working remotely you do not know if the person you are about to share something is the same you are expecting him to be. So to be sure of who is the person you are giving the key to your kingdom deploy digital identity verification solutions. Such solutions help to comply with AML and KYC regulations and to combat the risk of cyber scams. As we live in a digital sphere, it is more important than ever to know who we are dealing with. To ensure that the user or customer information is real identity verification solutions spikes in demand for businesses implementing WFH policy.
Secure Your Mobile Device
Security plays a vital role so it’s crucial to get into the habit of securing your mobile devices as well. Here is how you can enhance the security of your mobile devices:
- Use strong passwords
- Secure your devices by biometric features
- ensure you turn off your Bluetooth
- Turn off to automatically connect to any public Wi-Fi
- Download with caution
Backup Your Data
Storage doesn’t cost much nowadays. So always have a backup of important data. Back it up on a physical location or on the cloud. Remember, hackers don’t always want to steal your data, but sometimes they want to encrypt or erase it. Backing up data provides an ultimate recovery tool. So stay on the safe side by having your data stored.
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