The increasing technology of our time has led to an explosion in different types of work that can be done from the comfort of home. One can write, edit, and proofread articles, curating content in their pajamas if they wish! Some modern technology companies allow employees to work remotely on a shared connection – this allows them to access the home office’s technology and data from home.
The internet is a wealth of knowledge and opportunity, but its openness and accessibility have afforded the ability of others to take advantage. When working remotely, it’s incredibly important that you know how to protect not only yourself but also the company you may work for.
Whether your workstation runs an Apple or Microsoft operating system, steps should be taken to prevent malware, ransomware, and spyware. Research the best option for your home or business – if you work on a local network, all computers attached should have this software. Ask your employer if there is anything they recommend and be sure to ask if they can get you a discounted price for your whole network.
Knowledge is Power
You probably already know not to open attachments in emails from people you do not know. Apply common sense when working on a device that you use to provide for yourself and your family. Above all, keep up to date with the latest scams that your device or browser may be susceptible to. As the saying goes: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
Consider the Angle
Hackers and identity thieves position their malware and spyware such that it will intervene when you input data into your machine. These viruses are usually picked up on questionable websites or through downloads that aren’t secure. Put your hacker hat on and consider where you would place your malware – think of it like a sticky burr that you collect on your shoelaces on a walk through the woods.
High traffic, easy to access websites should be avoided on your work machine (and any machine that is connected to your home network). Protect yourself and your family from terrifying ends such as identity theft and ransomware attack; educate yourself and anyone who shares your network.