Working remotely is a viable business strategy that is now producing more effective and productive outcomes. However, you can’t completely rule out the possibility that working remotely may raise security issues. Here are some tips on how to work securely while working remotely.
Work in a Private Place
If you’re working from home, make sure no visitors or family members are close by when you are working. If you have to work in public places like cafes and coffee shops, ensure no passersby or strangers can see your screen where you work.
If you have a meeting or important business call, find a private area where no one can hear you. At BetterWorld Technology, we advise using video conferencing software with built-in security features, such as Microsoft Teams.
Lastly, only use encrypted Wi-Fi strictly for business purposes — Wi-Fi that is WPA-2 encrypted is more secure than Wi-Fi that is publicly accessible. It’s crucial to ensure your home Wi-Fi network is safe.
Secure Your Data
When working remotely, data security should be given priority on top of your daily deliverables. The first approach is to avoid having others use or access your working device. Use Windows Hello or other solid authentication to access your device: fingerprint, password, PIN, or, if available, facial recognition. BetterWorld Technology always suggests having a strong password that is difficult to crack.
Additionally, it’s crucial to keep your files safe in a secure cloud. If your physical device is lost or stolen, your data will still be safe and accessible to you and your company. Last but not least, make sure your device has the most recent security updates and that an antimalware program, such as Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is up and running.
Stay in Touch With the Business and Staff
Even when you work remotely, stay in touch with your company. While you’re away from the office, staying updated about what’s happening with the company is crucial. Inform your IT staff immediately if you have any reason to believe that your device or data has been compromised so they can look into it and take appropriate action to limit further harm. Your IT department might have special requirements or provide new tools to ensure that you work securely while working remotely.