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Are your remote or hybrid workers taking the right precautions to protect themselves while working from home? Many remote employees create simple passwords, forget to backup their data, and connect to public Wi-Fi on their work devices—all of which puts them and your company at risk.
As a business owner, what can you do to ensure your team uses cybersecurity best practices while working remotely? Here’s a comprehensive list of tips and training to provide for your employees to enhance their virtual safety:
Virtual private networks (VPNs) mask your IP address, encrypt your data, and send that data through secure networks in different locations. This hides your online identity and increases your safety while accessing the internet.
VPNs make any public network safer because they protect your data no matter what Wi-Fi source you’re using. This is beneficial for remote workers who spend a lot of time working in coffee shops or on the go and must connect to unknown networks.
When training your remote workers on cybersecurity, reinforce the importance of secure passwords. Many employees use the same password for all of their logins; this is dangerous because if a hacker accesses one platform, they can potentially access all of the other platforms you use.
Implement the following password best practices to enhance your remote workers’ cybersecurity:
- Never share your passwords with anyone, including your coworkers.
- Use multi-factor authentication for all of your logins.
- Use different passwords for each account.
- Create longer passwords that are easy to remember but hard to guess.
Phishing scams are one of the largest threats to remote workers. Cybercriminals disguise phishing emails as emails that are:
- From a trusted brand or company
- Sent from your bank, credit card company, or social platform
- From online payment websites (PayPal, Venmo, Zelle)
- That start with “Dear valued customer” or “Dear account manager”
Because these emails are often believable, it’s important to train your employees on how to recognize them. You and your employees should avoid an email if it:
- Asks for sensitive or personal information
- Uses an unrecognizable domain
- Is not personalized to you
- Contains incorrect spelling and grammar
Several cybersecurity services increase online safety for remote workers, including:
- Risk assessments
- Intrusion detection and prevention
- IT security compliance
- Secure remote desktops
- Disaster recovery plans
- Data backups
Virtual-Q specializes in unique cybersecurity solutions that suit your remote or hybrid team’s needs. We’ve provided superior online protection for over 12 years and offer all of the above services.
Our remote desktops increase your security while improving your productivity. Our disaster recovery services make sure your data stays safe after a breach. Risk assessments highlight your network’s vulnerabilities, while intrusion detection spots any unauthorized users or potential cyberthreats. Whichever cybersecurity solution you need, Virtual-Q can help.
Contact us today to learn more about our innovative cybersecurity services and how they can benefit your remote employees.