Cybersecurity Problems: How to Do Secure Work in 2020

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By: | November 12, 2020 | Tags: ,
Cybersecurity Problems: How to Work Securely in 2020

Do you have cybersecurity problems?

If not, do you fear imminent cybersecurity threats at home for personal or professional reasons?

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 has changed many things.

Health became more important, disinfectant is now used daily in every household, etc. However, we think that jobs and workplaces were the most affected by the pandemic.

Companies were forced to make people work remotely, where possible. As a result, employees discovered the bliss of remote work and would gladly exchange their cubicle for their desk in their home office.

But remote work is not as care-free as working from the company’s office – especially in terms of cybersecurity problems!

Let’s learn more about cybersecurity problems and their solutions.

7 Cybersecurity Tips for Working Securely in 2020

Decent Antivirus Software

Antivirus software is the essence of cybersecurity. It is one of the first things that you have to install on a computer, especially if you plan to work with company data on it. Surfing the web without an antivirus leaves your computer exposed to every single malware and virus out there!

As a result, all of your data is in danger of being intercepted by hackers and cybercriminals. Basically, no PC should be operated without an antivirus!

Use an Encrypted Network

Unlike a company network, your home internet is not encrypted. This leaves your online activity unprotected in case it gets leaked. If a hacker manages to access your PC – that’s it; the data on it is compromised!

However, you can prevent this by using VPN software to hide your IP address. A VPN can help remote workers access the internet via a private tunnel that doesn’t leave a company’s personal data or browser history exposed.

Home Network Security

A router fresh out of the box is not very safe to use. Some come with passwords that are easy to hack while others don’t come with passwords at all. This can make it easier for hackers to gain access to your home internet network.

Enhance your router’s protection by changing its password and by tweaking some of its settings in its menu. In most cases, changing its default password into a better one is enough.

Remote Desktop Tools

Some employers will take fantastic care of their data and have their employees connect to the company’s network via a remote desktop tool. Naturally, common remote desktop tools come with security problems and should be avoided when working with company data.

It is recommended to communicate with supervisors before choosing such a tool to make sure that you use the best and safest service available. 

Work Subnetwork

Although a VPN will protect the data on your computer while you surf the web, keep in mind that you’re not the only one using your network.

Your family will connect to the internet and use the same network as you, but unprotected. This means that a hacker can ultimately access your computer via an unprotected computer on the same network.

To prevent this, you can create subnetworks that you can connect to only when working, as they come with an extra layer of protection/security.

Avoid Screen Oversharing

Working from home had us sharing our screen more than we usually did – or, in some cases, for the very first time. If you’ve browsed the internet enough, you know that a lot of things can happen while sharing your screen, such as showing your email, messages, private information, browser history, and so on. 

In order to avoid sharing any sensitive data, it is recommended to check what windows you have opened twice before clicking the Share Screen button. Depending on your position in a company, you may have access to information that other people mustn’t see. 

Phishing Emails

When you’re using a company’s network, phishing emails are usually completely blocked by their security solutions. However, when you’re on your home network, you will most likely receive one or two scam/phish emails that may put your company’s data in danger.

They’ll make it look like the email is official and have you log in with your credentials on a popular platform – but on a fake website of that platform. For example, a phishing email may have you log in to a fake OneDrive website, get your credentials, and then access your actual OneDrive to steal the information stored there!

The Bottom Line About Cybersecurity Problems

In the end, no network is 100% secure. Even a company’s infrastructure comes with flaws. But given that you have or want to work from home, it is your responsibility to protect the information/data that you work with!

Data breaches and leaks can lead to thousands of dollars in losses and you wouldn’t want to be the employee that caused it just because you didn’t use the tips mentioned above!

Readers, please share so online entrepreneurs become aware of these cybersecurity problems and learn how to solve them.

I look forward to your views in the comments sections. Are you concerned about cybersecurity problems?

Related Reading

This guide was about the cybersecurity problems of online business people. Read about more problems online entrepreneurs have when they use social media for business.

This post was contributed and made possible by the support of our readers.

  1. Bella X

    Wonderful way of securing IP address. Yes this is what I will install to prevent private info from being exposed.

    Thanks for info

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