5 Tips on Device Cybersecurity for your SMB’s Remote Workers

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Since the beginning of the year, remote working has become the new normal standard for most people around the world. Adjusting to this new work style requires a great deal of organisation and flexibility from both workers and employees alike. In order to provide tools for employees to organise their work life, some organisations have supplied their team members with devices. 

However, while this is the case with some companies, a large number of workers are still having to resort to using whatever device they have at reach to complete their work, which presents security issues for both the employees and the companies they represent. 

Tip No. 1: Maintain Current Apps and Your OS Up to Date

Updates help software integrate new strategies and techniques that developers may have come up with since the release of the previous update. These strategies help your operating system run top-notch by adding whatever may be missing to work with the latest apps and other software you may use on your device. 

However, this is not all updates are useful for. If a developer has found a way of blocking a new type of cybersecurity threat, then the update will integrate it into your device and help you stay safe from unwanted threats. 

Tip No. 2: Show Team Members How to Configure Network Settings Effectively

One of the biggest things that often gets overlooked by personnel in general is setting up and configuring network settings effectively. This is important because it’s necessary to disable unneeded network features that could prove to be security holes. 

An example of unnecessary services that should be disabled from your network are remote access programs such as Remote Desktop or TeamViewer, open ports, all types of servers and even Bluetooth. 

Tip No. 3: Only Use Authorised Apps

It’s very important to make sure you only download apps that come directly from the app store. Installing apps from unverified websites is the best way of downloading malware onto your devices yourself.

In order to have access to a wider array of apps, some users choose to jailbreak or root their devices, which is a huge recipe for a security breach waiting to happen. 

Tip No. 4: Configure Apps to Control their Activity 

Apps can be configured so that certain content that can be malicious can be filtered in a timely manner before it infects your device.

Once an app has been installed, it’s necessary to check the device’s settings to see what options the user has and what hidden features each app may contain so that the activity that one wants running on the background as a consequence of using the app can be carefully selected.  

Tip No. 5: Limit Device Connection

It’s important for your team to maintain their devices in an isolated, protected and encrypted environment that is supported by your company’s sets of rules and standards.

This is especially important when it comes to accessing an organisation’s data and network services where cybersecurity breaches are more than likely to happen. 

The risk of running a business by a means of remote work will always exist, however, by incorporating these simple seven tips into your day-to-day remote work device care, you will be dealing with less chances of suffering from a cyber attack from a cyber criminal that may want to use one of your employees as a weak link.

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