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5 Cyber Security Tips for Working from Home

According to the latest State of Remote Report 2020, 98% of respondents would like to work remotely (at least some of the time) for the rest of their careers and 97% of them would recommend remote work to others. Shocking? Not anymore. We live in the coronavirus era, thus many of us had to change the way we live and work. But here's the problem: working in home can be more cyber dangerous than working in the office. How to change that? Read our list of 5 cybersecurity tips to feel safe while working from home! 

You need to care of yourself 

When you work in an office, usually there is someone who takes care of the cyber security measures but if you stay in home, then it's you who needs to take care of it. No wonder that 59% of employees felt more cyber secure working in-office compared to at home. What is more, 71% of them believe that the shift to remote working during the pandemic crisis has increased the likelihood of a cyber attack. Thankfully, you can easily improve the security of sensitive data and protect yourself against cyber security threats. All you need to do is following our security tips!

  1. Secure your home network: always use a strong password and WPA2 OR WPA3 encryption, change also your default administrator password. Learn more about strong passwords: https://www.cloudaccess.net/fresh/blog/entry/2017/10/06/why-is-it-important-to-use-secure-passwords.html
  2. Use antivirus and anti-malware software: it's very important especially if you are using your own computer for working.
  3. Make sure your system and programs are up to date: always be sure that your operating system is running the latest version and if it is possible enable automatic updates.
  4. Get a VPN: thanks to virtual private network your connection will be always secure, use it especially if you are connecting to public WiFi networks.
  5. Don't share any personal info in messages or social media: it's hard, I know! But there are plenty of Internet criminals that just wait to exploit you. Never open any suspicious emails, links or attachments. Remember: better safe than sorry.

  December: Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month 

The most prevalent fraud in identity theft cases are credit card frauds: in 2019 more than 167,000 people reported that a fraudulent credit card account was opened without their knowledge. Cybercriminals started recently target people who are working from their homes and that's why it's so important to know how to prevent hacking. If you ever get a suspicious email about COVID-19, don't open it because it's probably a scam. Fraudsters will try to infect your phone or computer with spyware or ransomware. For accurate info about coronavirus visit Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) or World Health Organization (www.who.int).

Be healthy, be safe!

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