Over the past two years, we’ve learned more about working remotely than anyone ever thought possible. Even though we’ve been living in the digital age for years, no one realized how possible it was to work remotely until we had to. Now that remote working has become so commonplace, it’s important to note that we didn’t take enough time when we first extensively implemented it to assess all of its risks. While remote working has been a savior for the business world during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has also brought its share of problems. Because no one has assessed the extent of the risks or trained anyone to work from home, the majority of people have exposed themselves and their employers to cybersecurity risks without even realizing it. We’re going to take a look at five easy-to-make mistakes that can harm your cybersecurity, and how to avoid them in the future.
1: Choose easy and weak passwords
We are all guilty of it. Even though many websites invite you and require you to add certain characters these days; many of us still make it too easy for cybercriminals to be stupid with our passwords. Even though we may try to choose a more complex and secure password, we probably re-use that same password on 80% of our websites that we need to sign in to. Although this is human nature, it ruins your cybersecurity. Remembering more complex passwords is much easier than recovering from a hack.
2: Automatic password entry options
This is another that we are all guilty of. Our devices have allowed us to never remember anything again! And while this seems like a massive help, it can be a very dangerous thing to do. Ewan Castle, a business writer, commented, “While it won’t hurt you too much to save a login to a shopping website, your more secure and important logins (username and password) should never be saved in Autofill. It’s just too easy for someone to access your computer and suddenly have each of your credentials.
3: Allow the family to use work devices
During the pandemic (especially for those of us with children), almost one hundred percent has happened. It’s easy to give a device to a family member if they need it quickly. But it can open your device to an attack if that person presses just one wrong button.
4: dismiss the signs of an attack
Hannah Waters, Project Manager, said: “When a cyber attack occurs there are obvious signs on your computer or device that it has been hacked. These are often small things, like your mouse stopping working or the keys on your keyboard getting sticky. It can be easy to dismiss them as small, meaningless technical flaws without studying them. Employers need to educate workers more on how to spot these early signs of an attack.
5: Do not complete software updates immediately
It is during software update times that many cybercriminals act. The goal of new and updated software upgrades is to maintain and improve security measures. While it may sometimes seem unnecessary to upgrade your app icons, delaying a software update can often expose your device to unnecessary cyber risks.
While it is never possible to be completely secure and protected from cyber attacks (no matter where you are); There are certainly things you can do on your own while working at home that make it harder for people to access your device. While you are on your home internet network, cybercriminals may be more likely to take the opportunity to enter your device and gain access to data that would typically operate on a more secure office network. It is important to do everything possible to protect yourself from these attacks and protect your data.