Remote work increases vulnerability to hackers, IT expert says

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and that means it’s time to think about protecting your computer or smartphone and the information they contain.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

The pandemic has changed life as we know it, especially when it comes to working remotely. People are logging in from anywhere and everywhere. Aaron Baillio, chief information security officer for the University of Oklahoma, said working remotely can leave you more vulnerable to hackers.


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“When you’re in an office environment, you kind of have that Big Brother feeling,” he said.

Not so much when you’re out and about.

He said it may sound simple, but you need to be conscious of your passwords.

“Having good password hygiene means having a long password,” he said.

And you should know those dual-factor authentications shouldn’t just be for your work devices.

“Whether it’s a push notification or even a phone call, it is better than just a username and password,” he said.

Baillio said now is the time to download helpful tools such as password manager apps.

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