Securing Your Personal Data As You Work Remotely

Many organizations and individuals have embraced new practices such as social distancing and remote working because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, while ee focus on the health and economic threats posed by this virus, many businesses have observed a spike in phishing attacks, malspams and ransomware attacks as attackers are using COVID-19 as bait to breach data systems. 

Even small businesses are being targeted, end-users are also being tricked into downloading ransomware disguised as legitimate applications. This will likely result in more infected personal computers and phones.

Adopt the following tips to keep your data safe:

  • Install Antispam software and keep them up to date
  • Ensure VPN services are safe and reliable as there promises to be a lot more scrutiny against these services.
  • Adopt a complex password policy and change them every 90 days
  • Employees should be advised against using personal computers for official purposes
  • Organizations should evaluate the security defenses in place and explore firewalls
  • Organizations are hereby encouraged to sensitize their employees around information security outside of the office space
  • Working from public spaces or connecting to public Wifi should be restricted
  • Utilize technologies that ensure confidential information remains secure on your devices in the case of theft or damage

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