You may think that you don’t need to worry about cybersecurity at work, because that’s what your IT team is for, right? Yes and no. Your IT department has their hands full with a number of important tasks that keep business running as usual, but there are some things you can do to help them out.
3 Tips for Cybersecurity at Work
Update, Update, Update
Always install updates as soon as they are ready. Your IT department may control some of the security updates for your OS, but make sure you update software and apps on all work devices when they become available.
Enabling automatic updates is the best way to ensure software security patches are installed as soon as they are available, and it makes cybersecurity at work almost effortless.
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Use Strong & Unique Passwords
We can’t say it enough: a strong, unique password will do wonders for your cybersecurity. The longer the password, the stronger it is. You want to use a password that is at least 8 characters long, but in reality a 16 character password is best. You can either generate a random password online, or you can come up with a passphrase yourself. Either way, make sure it’s comprised of numbers, letters and symbols.
Some people out there are password re-users. If that’s you, do not use the same passwords for your personal accounts and work accounts. If your personal account is compromised, a hacker will usually try the same password on your other accounts. This could lead to a big, bad security breach at work, and you don’t want that on your shoulders. Also, please don’t use “Password” as your password. If you avoid complex passwords because you have trouble remembering your passwords, try a password manager or even a password-protected Excel sheet to keep everything unique and in order.
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Steer Clear of Unsecure Wi-Fi
A lot of offices are allowing employees more freedom when it comes to working remotely. Whether you are working from your favorite coffee shop, or taking your office laptop on a business trip, it’s important to avoid public Wi-Fi. Unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots can pose a threat to your files and to the rest of your business.
If you’re not already sure, check with your IT team to see if they have a VPN (virtual private network). This way you can connect to the Internet with the same degree of privacy that you have if you were sitting in the office.
Help create a security culture in your workplace by talking about cybersecurity at work. Suggest that your HR team set up a security awareness training session, or that they send out a refresher email to all staff. Staying educated and putting these tips into practice are the best way to keep yourself and your business safe from cyber threats.
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