The global pandemic affects almost every part of our lives, including work. More and more companies are starting to implement work-from-home policies, which can be great: a more flexible work schedule, no commuting, not to mention your health isn’t at risk.

However, working remotely has its challenges. On a good day, maintaining the same level of digital protection is difficult when you are away from the office, and cyber criminals know it.

Criminals are using the chaos that COVID-19 has caused to reach out to companies facing the challenges of the crisis. According to the FBI, cyber attacks have increased by 400% since the pandemic began. With less home security and more cyber threats than ever when working remotely, how do you protect your data? Read these five tips to increase your safety.

Passwords are essential

This should come as no surprise – complex and unique passwords are vital to keeping your data secure. However, in 2019, Verizon found that a staggering 80% of data breaches exploited weak passwords. How do you make sure that your signups are strong enough?

  • The longer the better – make sure all of your passwords are at least eight characters long. If possible, aim for 12 characters.
  • Use alphanumeric passwords. Add uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters to each password.
  • Never use a password. Make sure that each of your accounts is protected with a unique password. If you reuse your passwords and one of them is compromised, the rest of your credentials are also at risk.
  • Get a password manager. Keeping track of your credentials can be tricky, so a password manager can be the perfect solution. It keeps your logins in one place so you no longer have to worry about ever resetting your password. Managers like NordPass also include a password generator that provides random, unique, and complex passwords to protect your accounts.

Activate multi-factor authentication

Check your accounts and make sure that multi-factor authentication is enabled if possible. If criminals cracked your password, it would be the last line of defense to protect your accounts.

Watch out for phishing emails

Phishing emails are all the rage during the crisis. Pandemic phishing emails have made their way into our inboxes since the outbreak began. If an email looks suspicious or asks you to take immediate action, such as: B. Resetting your passwords, don’t act on them. Instead of clicking the link in the email, hover over it to make sure it goes to the website it says it does.

Update your software

We’re all tempted to hit the remind me later button when we get a software update. However, this is exactly what could make your device the perfect target for cyber criminals. Software updates don’t just improve the performance of your computer or contain nice new features. Most of them have important vulnerability patches to prevent hackers from exploiting your device. The older your software, the more vulnerable your sensitive data is.

Secure everything

Securely backing up your data can save you a lot of stress. Whether it’s an unexpected power outage, a clumsy roommate over a cup of coffee, or a ransomware attack, if you don’t have a backup, your data can be lost forever.

Just like phishing, ransomware has increased dramatically during the pandemic. It is a type of malware that encrypts the files on the victim’s device and demands a ransom for the files to be decrypted. With a separate copy of the most important documents, you can ensure that your data is not lost forever.

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