Prioritizing Cybersecurity in a Hybrid Workplace

Author: Kirstin Toms - MarCom/Monday, November 8, 2021/Categories: Home Internet

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and all month long, Consolidated will be sharing information to help our customers, employees and our communities stay safe online. 

In this day and age, employees are more connected than ever. The hybrid workplace is here to stay, and for employees, this means relying on connected devices from their home office setups. On top of remote work, smart home systems are set to rise to a market value of $157 billion by 2023 according to recent data, and the number of installed connected devices in the home is expected to rise by a staggering 70% by 2025. In this increasingly connected age, online safety is a must!

 

Remember smart devices need smart security

When setting up a new device, be sure to set up the privacy and security settings on web services and devices bearing in mind that you can limit who you are sharing information with. Once your device is set up, remember to keep tabs on how secure the information is that you store on it, and to actively manage location services so as not to unwittingly expose your location.

 

Put cybersecurity first in your job

Make cybersecurity a priority when you are brought into a new role. Good online hygiene should be part of any organization’s onboarding process, but if it’s not, take it upon yourself to exercise best practices to keep your company safe. Some precautions include performing regular software updates, and enabling multi-factor authentication.

 

Make passwords and passphrases long and strong

Whether or not the website you are on requires it, be sure to combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create the most secure password. Passwords that are generic, use parts of your name, and repeating numbers are easy to hack. If you need help remembering and storing your passwords, don’t hesitate to turn to a password manager for assistance.

 

Never use public computers to log in to any accounts

While working from home, you may be tempted to change scenery and work from a coffee shop or another type of public space. While this is a great way to keep the day from becoming monotonous, be careful to protect yourself and your company. Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network), and don’t log in to any sensitive accounts from a public WiFi.

 

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when idle

The uncomfortable truth is, when WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they can connect and track your whereabouts. To stay as safe as possible, if you don’t need them, switch them off. It’s a simple step that can help alleviate tracking concerns and incidents.

 

These are just a few simple steps towards achieving the best online safety possible. Staying safe online is an active process that requires constant vigilance at every stage - from purchasing and setting up a device, to making sure that your day-to-day activities are not putting anyone at risk. By following these steps, you are doing your part to keep yourself and your company safe from malicious online activity.

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