Smart-Working Outside Work:
In these crucial times of fighting COVID-19, working from home is priority in most organisations. Therefore, it’s imperative that all employees working remotely, especially the ones using their personal laptops and smart devices must be extremely careful about the Wifi networks they’re connecting to.
While companies have shut down and assigned employees to work from home, not everyone is following this policy sincerely.
Majority of the people are used to working from coffee shops and other public areas, making private company information vulnerable. Although public Wifis offer a great amount of flexibility, it also opens doors to cybersecurity nightmares.
As a responsible employee, it’s important to understand that by using public wifi and using an unsecured device, you may be risking company’s as well your personal information.
On an unsecured network or device, hackers have the ability to tap into your personal data by intercepting the information you may send or access over the wifi network.
With an increasing risk of malware attacks on smartphones, it has become an easy target for hackers, rising by 50% between 2018 and 2019.
What happens if you lead to data breach?
Well, at that point sadly enough, considering looking for another job. Reportedly, 31% of data breaches lead to employees getting fired. But here’s how you can be careful and prevent that from happening:
- Only download authenticated apps and download that you recognize are from official sources. Particularly access websites and accounts that require “two-factor authentication”.
- Setup complicated passwords (mix of letter, numbers, special characters etc) and prioritize “biometric authentication”. Meaning fingerprint, face ID and Iris recognition.
- Use your personal hotspot, particularly mobile hotspot from your cellular devices. Some cell phone are providing additional mobile hotspot for businesses that need secured data to continue working.
Most companies are adapting the SSO (Single Sign-on)feature to protect and authenticate accounts. This helps limit the number of passwords you manage.
Multifactor authentication is also a great way to secure company information and prevent cyber hacking.