The pandemic situation which has raged around the world for more than a year has forced a large part of the French to exercise their profession remotely. The last few months have seen a huge wave of new teleworkers, and no one can predict when this will end. This new way of working was generally implemented in a hurry, so probably not by providing all the necessary security measures.
So today we are giving you some good practices and advice to take into account to continue to practice teleworking safely:
Protect your computers : Install advanced protection software on all computers connected to your home, and not just a simple anti-virus that will only protect you against known threats blocked with signatures. Use a tool that with the help of a machine learning engine will protect you against ransomware, the recovery of your personal data and any sophisticated attack.
Secure your mobile devices : choose a solution that will protect your smartphones and tablets against various threats such as downloading malicious applications or exploiting vulnerabilities, which could also allow an attacker to recover your personal data.
Change the settings of your home internet box : remove the default settings defined by your operator and known to hackers. Define, among other things, a more complex password. You can easily find guides on the Internet to help you.
Update all your connected devices : we cannot repeat it enough, updating your devices and software, whether on computers or mobile phones, is essential for your security. This will remove all threats identified by manufacturers and developers of applications. Every day, many privacy issues are corrected to improve the security of user data. And also change the default passwords of all devices connected to your home wifi network.
Use passwords for your online meetings : This may sound basic but how many professionals do not protect their meetings on platforms such as Zoom and leave a virtual door open to an exchange of sensitive company data (this is called “zoom-bombing”)? Setting up a simple password will limit access to your meeting to malicious ears. Also use the waiting room feature to control and be in control of who comes into your meetings.
Be constantly vigilant: Avoid replying or clicking on suspicious emails or instant messages. Phishing attempts are common, 90% of malware attacks start with phishing. Never click on messages from strangers or on suspicious messages, even from someone in your address book, he may have been hacked (because he will not have read this article).
Scan your network : Thanks to a scan of your internet network, via dedicated cybersecurity software, you can spot parasitic devices that try to interfere with your connection at your expense.
Use a virtual private network (VPN) : it will encrypt your communications to optimize their security.? A VPN connection will allow you to be less identifiable on the web and thus to escape the intrusion of hackers.
Adopt two-factor authentication (2FA) : This additional security measure further protects each remote access.? The second authentication limits the use of extorted access codes and verifies that the person who has access to your data is you. In general, it is based on a combination of who you are (fingerprint, face, voice, etc.), what you know (password, PIN code, etc.) and / or what you have (smart card , token, smartphone, etc.). You may have already set it up on your smartphone with authentication based on a PIN code and biometric recognition.
Check your privacy settings : on all online tools used, constantly monitor the ins and outs of privacy policies. You would be surprised how much you regularly agree to give out as information to third-party companies. When it comes to sensitive business data, this is all the more problematic.
Respect these 10 tips and you will then be ready for a year 2021, perhaps still teleworking, but in any case with complete peace of mind regarding your personal data!