The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an unprecedented work-from-home experiment as social distancing measures require millions of employees around the world to work from home. As we’ve already seen, this presents unique cybersecurity challenges for both companies and their employees. To help you secure data while working remotely, here are four simple steps that every company and employee can take
1. Use a trusted VPN. These services can provide a layer of protection by encrypting network traffic and making it more difficult for bad actors to spy on your activity. Choose a reputable VPN provider, as a number of VPN scams have tricked employees into downloading malicious software that steals their login credentials
2. Enable two-factor authentication. Account security is critical, especially when entire companies are working remotely. Enabling two-factor authentication is an affordable and effective way to keep company accounts secure at all times.
3. Refrain from using personal devices. Many employees may be tempted to use personal devices for work-related tasks, especially when working from home. It’s always possible that these devices contain malware or other exploits that could compromise company data.
4. Look out for Phishing Scams. Cybercriminals are always looking for ways to capitalize on our vulnerabilities. At this moment, COVID-19-related phishing scams abound, targeting employees’ sense of isolation and vulnerability to capture critical information.