In addition to powerful antivirus and malware software, there are 8 effective ways in which Remote Workers can ensure their mobile, laptop, and tablet devices don’t fall victim to viruses and scammers, whilst working from locations, such as your home. These methods apply equally to Apple, Android, and Samsung devices.
Do use well-known, modern antivirus and malware tools
One of the most important steps you can take whilst working remotely is to use only secure Internet connections in addition to having the most up-to-date antivirus software installed on your devices. Reliable and trusted products can be purchased for smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Sometimes, especially if you use company-owned devices your employer will already have pre-installed these. However, should this not be the case, it is definitely worth investing in good software to keep you safe from online threats.
Do use company-approved devices and policies
Every employee should ideally be given pre-set devices and clear rules on how to act. In order to meet at least some security standards, your laptops and tablets should be connected to the company’s Cloud network, or VPN (Virtual Private Network). Also, you should have professional antivirus and team management software installed on all laptops and tablets.
Do use secure passwords
Make sure you only use strong and unique passwords. You could even sign up to a password manager programme for a small fee.
It is advisable to reset and upgrade all your important codes, when you’ve moved documents and data from your workplace to your remote location, such as a home office.
Do back-up your data
Saving your data in a separate location is always a sensible idea. It ensures you have access to all your important files and information, should the worst happen.
Remember, hardware can easily be replaced, but valuable data and content much less so.
Do be vigilant with Downloads, Links, and Websites
- Don’t just rely on your antivirus software to notify you of potential threats. Instead follow a few common-sense rules such as:
- Don’t click on links or download files, even if the temptation is there. Think about it first!
- Don’t open emails from unknown sources. Ask yourself ‘why are they contacting me?’
Always be careful, as malware could be hiding in the background. The same also applies to websites and popups or questionable content. Keep an eye out for dangerous website alerts, too.
Do be careful with your personal details
Never disclose your passwords. Remember scams can come through emails, Social Media, and even via your mobile phone from callers pretending to work for an organisation you normally deal with.
Always be on the look-out for suspicious behaviour. It is worth a few minutes of your time to question a situation, especially if undue pressure is put on you to act quickly.
Do keep an eye on your Settings
Your mobile, laptop, and tablet can highlight whether an email or file is suspicious. You can check on traffic going in and out of your network via your antivirus programme. The File Explorer option in Windows can help you to see file extensions and hidden items. This will help you to see exactly what something is prior to opening it.
Do secure all your personal and work devices
It is your, as well as your employer’s responsibility to prevent cyberattacks. Remember, you form part of an organisation and need to take precautions as viruses can affect not only you but many of your colleagues too.
Ensure you are not the one being scammed! Put up sensible and reliable defences against intruders and continue to work at home safely.