One of the most common approaches that hackers always use to keep their presence alive on the web and probably design and plant malware that are more dangerous and serious than before is studying user behavior. Whatever the trend is, hackers start tailing the major population. This is the reason that hackers started targeting people working from home and the businesses that were new to the web since both these sections of the work community lacked proper knowledge and means to protect their systems from online attacks like phishing and malware.
Such a shift in trend gives rise to online security concerns that need to be addressed and resolved.
So, out of the many things that remote working employees and sectors that are new on the web can do, the following 5 are the strongest ways that can offer maximum protection from hackers.
- Use Strong and Different Passwords
The role of password in system protection has always been vouched for whenever it comes to backdoor exploitation. A locked account/system requires efforts on the part of hackers. In other words, it’s a strong barrier between the data in your system and the dark side of the web. However, the few things about passwords that are quite important are as follows.
- The password should be long and complex.
- No password should be repeated.
- Save all your passwords in a legit password manager tool.
- Use VPN
Make sure that all the work data in your system goes through the company’s VPN network. VPN is a collective bag of security tools that the company uses to secure the data before it reaches the internet.
- Focus on Router Security
You had no responsibility to patch the router when you were working from the office. But, patching the router when working from home is an exclusive security practice that you must follow. If the router isn’t patched and/or updated from time to time, hackers will be able to use the bugs to hack the router and gain entry in all the devices that are connected to that specific router.
So ensure that you:
- Install router updates from time to time.
- Create a separate Wi-Fi network for guest users.
- Install a Firewall and Follow Network Segmentation
Firewall is an added security layer that’s a barrier between your system and the web. So, add as many security layers as you can. Also, use network segmentation (network isolation) technique to create and store pieces of information in isolated network islands so that hackers cannot steal all the data at once.
- Learn About Phishing Protection Techniques
Phishing and spear phishing are the two favorite ways in which hackers target people on the web. Hence, learn about the techniques to protect the info on your system from getting hacked.
Hence, by and large, awareness about cybersecurity practices is something that you must acquire.