Remote working was already becoming popular before the pandemic hit in 2020, but now it is something that many people have been forced to do, whether they wanted to or not. It might have come as a surprise that you had to set up your own home office, and perhaps you are still adjusting to this new way of working. Yet having a desk and a laptop in a spare bedroom, a backyard office, or even on your kitchen table is not enough. You will need to think of security as well.
Security is crucial when you are working from home, just as it would be if you were working in an office. The difference is that, whereas in a larger office someone else would be dealing with that security, when you are at home the responsibility ends with you. With that in mind, here are some of the most important things to consider.
Secure Your Wi-Fi
More than likely, you will be using a private home network to connect to the internet and to access the files and information you need for work. If you do this, it is a good idea to check whether your wifi is secured – many people accidentally leave theirs unsecured which means that a cybercriminal can easily gain access. If you have private and sensitive information regarding customers, or your business in general, and a hacker were able to access it, your business (or your boss’s business) could lose a lot. It might even have to close.
If you are concerned about your wifi connection, then it is wise to install a VPN (virtual private network). You can hire an expert to set this up for you, and if the entire company is using the same VPN, sharing files and accessing information becomes much safer and easier.
Having good antivirus software on your devices, whatever you are using for work, is not the only thing that will help you and it is not the only thing you should be relying on, but it is a great first line of defense. Antivirus software does exactly as the name implies and prevent viruses from gaining access to your network.
To make your antivirus software even stronger, you can add a firewall to your devices too. You can find firewalls for free or at least a very low price, and they will monitor incoming and outgoing traffic and block anything suspicious.
Use The Cloud
The most secure way to store sensitive information such as customer contact details, payment information, and the company’s own banking information is to use the cloud. As well as being entirely secure, it is also the best way to share information between employees. As long as everyone has a password and internet access, they can find whatever they want. Cybercriminals, however, will not be able to get to the information, and even if they did, it would all be encrypted.
Cloud computing is perfect for remote working. With just one password you can log in from any device anywhere, enabling you to work no matter where you might be. If you are unable to work from your home for any reason and have to go elsewhere, you should still be able to connect.
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