Work from home safety tips: 5 ways to keep your data safe from cyber threats

Work from home appeared to be a temporary solution but has become the new way of living in the COVID-19 hit world. Most employees continue to work from home, even as operations are slowly returning to normal.

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Jul 28, 2020, 12:01 PM IST

Work from home appeared to be a temporary solution but has become the new way of living in the COVID-19 hit world. Most employees continue to work from home, even as operations are slowly returning to normal. However, an increase in online exposure also comes with an increase in cyber threats. In the past few months. Cybercrime in various forms - identity theft, data breaches, and online frauds, and others – is on the rise. According to experts at NortonLifeLock, here are five ways through which you can keep your data safe from cyber threats. 

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Keep close contact with your employer

Keep close contact with your employer

Your employer might consolidate coronavirus-related information on the company intranet. It is important to know new policies to help keep you, your coworkers, and the business safe. 

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Don’t Improvise

Don’t Improvise

 There will be times when the decided tool or website might not work for you. In such cases, control the urge to download a substitute as it can inadvertently introduce a software program with a security flaw — and that means someone unauthorized may be able to access company data, or any personal data you have on that device. 

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Update Software

Update Software

You might get reminders that software updates are available for all your devices. Updates help patch security flaws and help protect your data. 

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Keep your VPN turned on

Keep your VPN turned on

A VPN — short for virtual private network — can provide a secure link between employees and businesses by encrypting data. A VPN helps keep information secure from cybercriminals and competitors. 

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Beware of coronavirus-themed phishing emails

Beware of coronavirus-themed phishing emails

Cybercriminals are exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to send fake emails with dangerous links to employees. Avoid clicking any unknown link as it can expose your sensitive business information and financial data.