Today everyone is talking about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and working from home . It become the biggest issue in the world, and even many countries have come to the brink of ruin because of it.
This virus weakens the country’s economy as people are forcibly imprisoned in their own homes and no one is working because of this. In such circumstances, people are forced to choose to work from home while locking themselves in their homes.
But the question is that-
Is this safe to work from home?
and the answer is No.
We are safe while working from home but our company’s data is not at all. While working from home, you can invite hackers to steal your data.
Do you know hackers are trying to exploit our anxieties ? in new ways and it has started?
We’ve seen many fake emails and phone calls asking employees to transfer money into this account. These calls are related to supporting the company’s coronavirus fund etc.
So, if you choose the option of working from home, you have to adopt some precautions. These precautions can save both, the employees and the employers. Let’s talk about what those precautions are:
Precausion tips for employers-
Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication adds another security layer to the login process.Just knowing and entering your password is not enough. There is a second layer which is usually time-sensitive. It protects you from getting hacked or getting your information stolen while working from home. It makes the process more secure.
Use of VPN
VPN ensures a higher level of security and safety between the remote worker and the service. If you have access to a corporate VPN, you can use it to access your company network. Here your employer can better protect you from attack.
Personal email should not be used for any business communication or data transfer. Ask employees to use only business emails to send data and project files over a secure internet connection only while working from home.
Don’t allow personal devices
Always ask your employees to use only company devices to do any kind of official work to avoid any kind of cyber risk.
Ask your employees to be available on the phone, skype, slack, etc during their working hours. So that you can contact employees for regular updates on projects while working from home.
Related : Hybrid work model in 2021 !
Precausion tips for employees-
Be aware of phishing emails
Hackers have started hacking email accounts. In which they send their designed emails like the greatest offer related to coronavirus protections. As soon as people click on them, their data starts getting handed to them.
Practice good cyber hygiene
Make sure your devices, and router are up to date on their anti-virus protection and you’re using secure and known connections. Avoid Bluetooth connections.
Only use secure WiFi
Advise your employees to avoid using their unsecured Wi-Fi connection at home. Always prefer to connect your laptop or workstation to the router with a network cable.
Report lost or stolen devices immediately
Remote work increases the loss or theft of your devices. Be sure to report any lost or stolen device immediately to company information security which minimizes the risk of fraud.
Cyber criminals love a crisis.
This is a good time for hackers to spread their roots so that they can steal important data and can benefit more. But we can avoid these things by adopting some security with a strong combination of technology and employee and it can be done safely and smartly. Stay safe and be careful.
Happy work from home!