You could soon be a victim of a cyberattack.
The coronavirus has already forced many people (including us) to work from home. While it’s a safer environment to work in, it doesn’t necessarily have the security offered by networks placed in offices. This is why you need to check your own home network to see if it’s a safe environment to work in.
For bigger companies, there’s a chance that your work laptop already has various security measures applied to it, including a VPN to make sure that any data that you do on it is safe and secure. But for smaller companies, that may not be the case.
Here are some points to check out if you are working from home:
Check your router
Double-check your router settings. Go through your Wi-Fi hotspot and if you feel the password isn’t strong enough, go ahead and change it. The longer and more complicated the password is, the harder it is to crack.
You can also check which devices are currently connected to your network, which is accessible through the router settings. From there you can easily identify which devices are currently connected to your network – and possibly boot out any device that’s not familiar to you.
Good antivirus software is recommended so that you’re safe from any potential attack, especially on your work laptop. Chances are, your workplace has already configured the notebook to work in a private network that’s safe from attacks, but if that is not the case for you make sure you have good antivirus software installed.
We’ve already stressed the importance of two-factor authentication on previous articles, and we want to emphasize this again. Turning on two-factor authentication adds another layer of security to your account, where it will ask for a special code sent via SMS or through authentication software after you’ve entered your password. This ensures that it won’t be easy breaking into your account just in case your password gets compromised.
Do you have other tips to share to keep your work stuff secure while working from home? Let us know in the comments!