The kinds of dangers that existed online have only intensified with the arrival of the ‘work from home culture’. As cruel as it may sound, hackers find it much easier to lure unsuspecting and unprepared employees and target them individually. And it’s not just the company that’s at threat, even the personal safety of the user is at risk. The major risks that are also known as cyber vulnerabilities by experts in the IT world include the following.
- Phishing attacks.
- Malware attacks.
- Virus attacks.
- Identity theft.
- Credit/debit card credential stealing.
- Data breach.
- Ransomware attacks.
- Illegal Location Identification that’s a mortal threat from online predators.
These are some of the most serious and prevalent vulnerabilities that hackers like to prey on. However, just like hackers are coming up with different ways to attack people working from home, even IT professionals are evolving and coming up with advanced safety techniques that employees can adopt to boost cybersecurity.
Some of those techniques that are excellent barriers to make things hard for hackers are listed below. Following these techniques will certainly protect you and your company to a large extent.
- Use the VPN Network
VPN is also known as the Virtual Private Network of the company you’re working for. Using it is one of excellent habits that will keep the data secure from hackers. It works in an interesting manner that goes as follows.
When you use a wifi network, all the data and work traffic has to go through the VPN. Incidentally, this VPN works like a security tunnel where all the data is first monitored before it can be passed on the internet. Which means, you’re actually not putting anything on the internet unless the company’s security tools are inspecting the system you’re working on for the presence of any kind of malware or other security threat.
- Attend The Security Webinars that Your Company Arranges
Since the ways to hack a system have evolved and changed ever since the arrival of COVID, you too need to learn the better ways to protect the system you’re working on. So, whenever your company arranges for a webinar with security professionals, make it a habit to attend those meetings and then adopt the measures suggested by the IT experts.
- Follow The Basics
Adopting new safety techniques does not mean that you ignore the basics. Hence:
- Make a strong password. Even better, use the MFA technique if that’s what your company suggests.
- Limit using the system for work-related matters only.
- Report links, emails, and websites that your firewall flags to the security team immediately.
And as for the security team, make proper channels that allow swift communication so that employees are well connected with each other. In this way, a lot of damage can be minimised since the news of a possible malware attack can be quickly circulated and every employee can be promptly asked to shut down their systems immediately. This will avoid the spread of the malware into other systems.