2020 has been a peculiar year for the entire world. Businesses in Australia and New Zealand have had to adhere to government regulations and shut down temporarily during the confinement, creating the inevitable wave of remote work.
Although some corporations have provided their employees and team members with company equipment and devices to be able to fulfill their work duties from home, many more have had to use their personal devices to continue with their labor. On top of it, internet signals are more saturated than ever trying to keep up with the demand for work and school activities to be accomplished from home.
Because of the heavy traffic found surfing the web since the beginning of the pandemic, everyone is more exposed to being a victim of cyber crime. To protect yourself from a possible attack, you must make your home working environment a safe place, which is not too difficult as long as you can follow a few words of advice while you work away from your office.
Put Your Foot Down
As a business owner, you must create a policy with a set of rules and guidelines for your employees or team members to follow as they work from home. You will need to specify what actions should be employed and provide specific instructions in case you happen to be affected by a cyber threat.
As an employee, it’s important to ask for the policy that the company should have prepared for you in case of a cyber attack on your equipment as you are working. These rules are meant to keep you, your devices and the company safe from cyber criminals. So, if possible, ask to consult for the guidelines to work from home.
Keep Up with Software Updates
Viruses and cyber threats in general are in constant evolution. Once an antivirus or anti-malware software has detected an intruder’s existence and created a signature for it, the malware creators find clever ways of changing the structure of the virus so that they can continue to attack.
Figuring out how to eliminate a virus can take days if not weeks. This gives enough time for a virus to infiltrate a device and do its worse. Software of all types run weekly or biweekly automatic updates on all devices that have these programs installed, with the function of bettering their encryption to be less vulnerable to attacks. If you disable these updates or set them up for manual updates, you could be exposed to new attacks without the protection of updated software.
Secure Your Home Routers
Your router could just be the weak point that a cyber criminal will breach. Most routes come with a pre-set password, which most people don’t bother to change. Setting up a new and unique password can help you to stay protected from a cyber threat.
Enable encryption on all devices and set up regular automatic updates so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting to do it manually. Performing regular checks and updates will mitigate your chances of getting hacked.
Do not be afraid to ask for help to secure your home network and devices. If you don’t know who to call, our team at CyberNinjas would be more than happy to help you understand the risks you are running and set up a strategy that will help you stay safe from cyber crime.