A new study by Fasthosts found that two out of five UK home workers have not received caution about COVID-19 fraud and are therefore at risk of cyberattacks.
The data shows that more than half of the UK (54%) are currently working without VPN, a simple browser encryption that does not make personal and company information publicly available when sharing WiFi.
Despite these amazing statistics, the average Brit says they currently feel safe and confident while working remotely.
Tips to improve cybersecurity at work from home
Raise awareness of phishing scams related to COVID-19 – Attackers are taking advantage of the pandemic fear, particularly phishing scams that claim to be related to COVID-19. The public should be suspicious of emails asking them to renew personal information, contain unexpected test results, or open files.
Use a VPN – The Fasthosts study showed that more than half of Britons do not use a VPN (virtual private network) when working from home. A VPN is critical to improving online privacy and keeping activity hidden from cyber criminals.
Back up your data – Data can be lost in a number of ways. To avoid data loss, you need to back up your device regularly – usually outside of office hours. Have a backup power system in case of a local power outage and if possible avoid using small items like USB sticks to store data that can easily be misplaced.
Update the virus protection software – Corporate smart devices usually have up-to-date anti-virus software, but it needs to be updated from time to time, especially when you are away from the office. Outdated virus protection can pose a risk to data security and the health of the computer.
Lock your device when you are not using it – If you work in spaces shared with people you don’t work with – be it using public transit, a coffee shop, shared home, or library – you should be careful with your device and your data. In such a situation, make sure to lock your device whenever you are not using it.
“Be more careful and look for the right training”
Michelle Stark, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fasthosts, commented, “It’s sad to see cybercrime risks so widespread while many Britons are working from home.
“The security of you and your company online is critical to the security of confidential data. We urge all consumers to read our top tips, be more careful, and get the right exercise while working from home. “
The full study can be found here: https://www.fasthosts.co.uk/blog/the-data-risks-of-working-from-home/