Hybrid working, where we work both from an office and from our homes, brings some brilliant benefits, such as the flexibility to choose where we work, but it also brings some risks.
When working in an office, many of us have access to professional and comprehensive security technology that is set up and maintained by an IT department or team. However, when working from home we don’t have that luxury, and when dealing with important and sensitive data for work, you can’t just rely on the built-in virus protection of your operating system to keep you safe.
The good news is that there are some easy ways to boost the security of your home office and ensure there’s no danger of hackers getting easy access to your data, so read on for simple steps to keep you and your work protected.
1. Keep your identity secure
One of the most common ways hackers and online criminals try to access your data is by stealing your identity. By collecting enough information about you, they can pretend to be you and gain access to various accounts.
This can be especially damaging if your identity is tied to your business or place of work. Luckily, there are some easy tips to follow to keep your identity safe.
First, always be wary of sharing your personal information with websites. Double check that they are legitimate before you hand anything over. The same goes for emails – never reply to an email asking for personal details if you don’t know the sender.
Organisations such as banks will never ask for personal information – especially passwords – over email, so be wary of any emails that ask for that.
To make things easier, Bitdefender Total Security features a suite of tools that will protect you from ID theft, including firewall protection and anti-phishing browser plugins. You can also quickly identify and fix any security holes in your setup, such as missing Windows patches.
Watch what you share online
Hackers can gain a lot of information about you from what you share online. Sure, it might be nice to share your full name and date of birth on social media to get lots of birthday messages, but that’s the kind of…