The use of digital technology allows for business to be done in many different places. It is not uncommon to walk into a coffee shop, an airport or a hotel lobby to see people working away on their laptop while on a business call. Leveraging technology to allow employees to work remotely and to easily work while travelling is a relatively new concept that allows for an element of convenience and increased productivity. At the same time, it is important employees understand the risks associate when working out of the office. Educating employees through cybersecurity training programs is being implemented across many organizations. Today, we have put together 5 tips to keep top of mind for those employees that spend a lot of time on the road.
1. Strengthen your passwords: A strong passwords includes at least 10 characters and a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. A unique password is one that only is used with one account. Every day a variety of cyberattacks compromise websites, usernames, passwords and online accounts. Attackers can then use this information to find other accounts related to the same person, revealing work-related documents, personal social media accounts and banking information.
2. Use VPN: VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is often used when working remotely because it encrypts data that is travelling to and from your laptop and sets you up with a secure server. This makes it harder for others on the network to see what you are doing.
3. Be careful about which Wi-Fi networks you connect to: The more networks you sign into the higher the chances of something happening. Stick to places you trust and limit the amount of personal information you provide when connecting.
4. Have your computer up to date: Updating your computer implements important changes to improve the security and performance of your device. It may be a temporary inconvenience but you will be happy in the long run as it significantly lowers the chance falling victim to an attack while on the road.
5. Backup your information: Avoid a brief moment of panic by knowing that in the event of a disaster, your files are backed up. Don’t get confused with cloud sharing apps such as Dropbox or Google Drive. These apps allow for easy collaboration but they are not backup apps. Read our recent blog post about 5 key practices for your organization’s integrated backup solution to learn more.