Due to the spread of the coronavirus, most people had to work from home. Even though we have entered the normalization process, some of us still continue to work from home. While working at home, we also need to be sure of our cybersecurity. Although the places where you work have certain security measures, you should be careful not to leave yourself unprotected. Here are the things to be careful about while working from home.
Use a VPN or VPS service to secure your connection
The first step is to encrypt your connections. If you are working with sensitive data, you should definitely do this. Encrypting your connection prevents your traffic from being observed.
It’s easy to do this while using a VPN or VPS. By using these services, you encrypt the data you send from your computer. Thus, data packets that are not encrypted such as HTTP are also become protected. So, you can access public links safely, and therefore, if someone is analyzing the data traffic over the wireless network, they cannot access your data. Moreover, the best part of using a VPN or VPS is that it doesn’t need any setup for extra encryption.
You can also check our article about the difference between VPN and VPS to decide which option is better for you.
Protect your modem from external threats
Modems, one of the vital parts of the home network because it distributes the internet to all of our devices. Naturally, modems also need to remain secure.
If people with bad intentions get to your modem and take control, they can infiltrate all devices that connect to the modem. At this point, data of all the users connected to the home network can be stolen.
Do not forget to check your modem settings to protect your modem. Check your Wi-Fi password regularly and use complex passwords.
Keep your antivirus program updated to stay away from malware.
Since there are so many different spies nowadays, they can not only spy your home from your window but also can check all the data on your computer and network. Although this is one of the bad things that technology brings, if you are careful enough, you can stay away from spies.
To avoid prying eyes, you can use an antivirus program. This way, you can build a solid wall against those who want to steal your sensitive information and identities.
Use your smart devices to the minimum
If you use smart devices in your home frequently, you may face a security threat. Because smart devices are known as products that hackers can easily target.
Since no smart technology is foolproof, it’s one of the possible scenarios for hackers to try to infiltrate your network through these devices.
As a safety precaution, you can create a different network for each of the devices and keep your personal data separate from them. This way, even if hackers sneak into your network using smart devices, they can’t access your personal data.
Make regular backups of your sensitive data
If your computer is stolen, you can get a new one, but you cannot recover the data in it. Therefore, you should back up the data in it regularly.
You can use flash memory or similar devices while making the backup. Although flash drives prevent hackers from accessing your data, cloud storage methods allow your data to be stored longer.
Correctly destroy your sensitive physical and digital data
When you are done with sensitive information, you may need to destroy them. It doesn’t matter whether they’re physical or digital. If you don’t destroy it properly, there could be residual remains and your data could be leaked out.
You can destroy your physical documents with a shredder. For digital documents, unfortunately, only deleting is not enough. You can use the “file shredders” available on PCs to destroy data exactly. When you delete it using one of these apps, the data is deleted forever.
These are just some of the precautions that we suggest you to stay secured. For more information on how to bring your work management to perfection, make sure to be updated with Rangval Services’ blog!