In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, public health experts are urging anyone who can to work from home. As our offices empty out and we move to home quarantines, we don't need to sacrifice security for personal safety. You can stay secure and connected while you wait out the coronavirus crisis at home.
Here’s everything you need to both secure your home and see through any scams that might target people working remotely from their home quarantines:
If you’re working from home (and you should be!), your home network must now protect both your personal and professional lives. Make sure it’s up to the task.
The bare minimum will be to password-protect your router if you haven’t already. Next, try these additional steps:
You’ll find plenty more tips in our personal Wi-Fi security guide!
It’s best to keep your personal and professional devices and accounts separate. This way, if one account or device is breached, the other will remain safe.
If you do your work on a computer, chances are you can do it on a laptop. That’ll be your best bet, since it will already contain any security tools your company may have provided.
You can also use a separate user account on your home device. However, make sure you have all of the apps you need to work securely. If you rarely log into this account, it’s critically important that you update all of your software before you start work. Older versions may be incompatible with your colleagues’ software, and you may also be missing out on important security updates.
There are plenty of different tools out there that can help keep employees secure as they work from home. Some of the simplest and most powerful out there are NordLayer or NordVPN's Dedicated IP for individuals. Here’s how they work:
There are plenty of other solutions available as well. Personal tools – from secure browsers and browser extensions to secure messaging apps – will help you and everyone else stay secure. Before you leave the office to set up your comfy home quarantine, ask your system admin if there’s anything you should install first.
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Your company’s central servers and networks might be secure (hopefully), but when all the employees work from home, anything can happen.
Fortunately, there are tools that let you encrypt sensitive files both at rest and while they’re being sent. No matter where you work from and where you send your files, they’ll be secure if you encrypt them with Nordlocker. By linking your account with your colleagues’, you will be able to ensure end-to-end encryption for your most sensitive files. The best part is that NordLocker is FREE for the first 2GB.
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Hackers and scammers know that many companies are going to be sending their workers home, so they’re going to try to exploit the situation in any way they can. Conversations you once might have had face-to-face with your colleagues will now be happening online, making them easier to exploit.
Read up on different forms of social engineering and phishing so you know what to look out for. Now more than ever, scammers will try to pose as your colleagues or managers to try to get you to give up sensitive company information. You’ll find plenty of tips in the above links, but here are some basics:
The best reason right now to avoid public Wi-Fi is because you should be avoiding public spaces and travel, period! If you must go out, however, you should take every precaution – both for your health and your cybersecurity.
Public Wi-Fi is always a hazard, as it is far less secure than private Wi-Fi and far more likely to have malicious actors connected to it (or running it, as is the case with an evil twin hotspot). Wi-Fi isn’t the only danger in public locations. Here are just a few of the other threats you may encounter when working in public:
Recently, the videoconferencing app Zoom has got into a controversy. It has been leaking data to third parties, including Facebook, and employing unethical data collection practices. This is mostly due to their end-to-end encryption, which isn’t really end-to-end. A number of Zoom users have also reported being hacked. In light of these circumstances, we recommend choosing your collaboration tools carefully.
Always research the tools you use. Check whether they have strong online protection features and do not gather your data. Here are some of the apps you may consider using:
Don’t forget, however, that your physical health is paramount! Public health experts say staying away from public spaces will keep you healthy, and we think it will keep you secure as well.
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