Despite all the news stories and warnings from the IT industry (like this, this or this), many executives and employees still don’t fully grasp the importance of data security. This spring, as millions began working from home, data became even more vulnerable to breaches and hacks. Now, with the pandemic continuing to spread, remote work will be the reality for many months to come. Data security must be a priority.
Luckily, there are a few simple steps companies and employees can take to protect data, as recently discussed by Forbes. We’ll summarize them here.
Make Passwords Strong and Unique
Yes, keeping track of passwords is tedious. But today’s computer operating systems make it easy, by suggesting strong passwords and keeping them stored. Some newer models even utilize biometric sensors to grant access. If you have trouble remembering passwords, consider using a reputable password manager, like Dashlane, LastPass or 1Password.
Set Up a VPN
A VPN, or virtual private network, allows employees to create a private connection over a public network. Essentially, this creates a secure tunnel between a home network and an office network. Some IT networks have established VPNs on company-issued machines, so ask your IT department.
Consider the Router
The router is often overlooked, but it can play a huge role in protecting data. Newer models have security functionality that is embedded and continuously updated. This will protect not just work data and functionalities, but also other devices such as tablets, mobile phones, and smart devices.
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