National Cybersecurity Awareness month continues with this week’s theme of “Securing Devices at Work and Home.” While many people are now working from home due to the pandemic and a rise in cybercrime, protecting devices is more crucial now than ever. But securing your devices requires more than just keeping them away from water or implementing encryption. We have compiled some of the most important tips for keeping your device secure whether you are in the office or at home.
Secure Devices at Home
1. Secure Your Wi-Fi Network: A wireless router can be a main entry point for hackers and with so many people at home using bandwidth, it is vital to protect your network connection. Use two-factor authentication when connecting to a network and ensure your connection is encrypted.
2. Disable Audio and Video: When you are not on a Zoom conference or connecting with friends for a virtual catch up session, be sure to disable the camera and audio settings on your device. This will prevent any potential attacker from unwanted surveillance of your home.
3. Stay Updated:Be sure that all of your devices have the latest security updates. In addition, when transferring data from device to device, be sure that you have some form of malware protection so that malicious files don’t infect your device.
4. Keep it Private: In a time where more people are shopping online, using e-commerce sites, and sharing personal information with government sites, it is crucial to protect sensitive data. Do not enter your information on an unsecure site and only enter credit card information and social security numbers to sites that use a level of encryption specifically for protecting client data.
Secure Devices in the Workplace
1. Don’t Overshare Information: With more people working remotely, sharing business data may seem like second nature. Be cautious and do not share data with any suspicious emails over unsecured networks. If unsure about the origin of an email or message, call the person who claims to have sent the message to verify.
2. Retrain Employees: With many people returning to the office, there may be new security measures in place, or people may need a refresher on the dos and don’ts of office computer use. Have your IT department give a training session to ensure everyone knows the proper protocols for company devices.
3. Keep Social Media Clean:Though online business is thriving during the pandemic, conducting business over social media is not safe. Keep business on your own secured networks and make sure employees do not overshare about corporate data on their personal social media accounts.
4. Complex Passwords:Cybercrime is at an all-time high as device use increases in 2020, easy-to-guess passwords make it easier for them to attack your system from the inside. Use complex passwords for all business accounts with numbers, letters, and symbols. Use a password manager to keep track of your unique passwords.
Data Security is Necessary for All Tech Users
No matter if you are staying socially distant in the office or your home Smart television has been on since March, data security is necessary for all technology users. Your corporate information is just as vulnerable as your personal data on a shopping site. SecureData is committed to providing the most innovative data security solutions to our customers in all industries. We offer data recovery services, digital forensics, and a line of hardware encrypted storage devices. Whether you need secure storage for your data or need to retrieve your data from a damaged device, SecureData is there to help. See our site for a full list of services:https://www.securedata.com/