1. Use anti-virus security
It may sound simple but it’s always good to have anti-virus security set up when working remotely as your companies’ data could be exposed especially when working from home. In addition, this can also prevent DDOS attacks and spyware, viruses etc. It is essential for all types of people even if its just for freelancers. As long as you have a trusted anti-virus software installed you will be safe and secure.
2. Keep your software up to date
Keeping your laptop or desktop up to date is key when working remotely from home as it also updates security software for additional protection plus if the system you use had previous issues regarding the software, the updates will automatically take care of those issues as well as adding some additional features. If it is not updated regularly the software could cause data to become vulnerable.
Using a VPN is useful for remote workers who work for a large company where data traffic may be targeted, as it can stop hackers from getting into the system as all your data will become encrypted and it will also make your location anonymous. In addition, without the use of a VPN, you could end up putting the company data at risk as home connections will not be secure as it would be if you were in the office. VPN also doubles up as an extra security layer.
4. Make sure your Wi-Fi is on a secure connection
Using a secured Wi-Fi connection that is encrypted is the safest way to work from home because if you use an unsecured network, anyone can hack in from any location and intercept traffic which can also put all your personal data at risk. Usually, home routers support encryption but it’s always safe to check if you are on a secure and encrypted Wi-Fi connection.
5. Lock devices regularly
When you are working remotely and you have to leave your computer, you should lock it to ensure no family members or other people can view or go onto your computer and be exposed to the business’ confidential data. Usually, businesses will supply a work laptop for you but if they do not, it is essential that you keep business data confidential and keep it separate from your personal data for security and organizational purposes.
6. Keep video conferences and calls confidential
Like most remote workers, you will have to attend occasional video conferences or meetings that may be confidential and have discussions about work that others are not supposed to listen to, so its worth getting hold of some headphones or headsets to keep those calls nice and quiet so family members or visitors cant listen in to important conversations.
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