The holidays are right around the corner, which means many will be working remotely while traveling. Remote work already increases cybersecurity risks and traveling adds another dimension of threats. It’s important to keep your guard up and avoid taking security shortcuts while working remotely. According to venturebeat.com, here are a few cybersecurity practices you should consider implementing this holiday season:
- Backup all your devices. If traveling, leave the backup in the cloud or at home.
- Use a password protected, WPA-enabled Wi-Fi network
- Create strong and different passwords for each account
- Avoid storing passwords on your person or on your phone
- Update all devices, applications, and browsers
If you’re leaving the home office to work, whether at your local café or in another country, here are further security measures you can take:
- Leave unneeded devices at home
- Bring a laptop lock and invest in a physical one-time password authenticator
- Avoid taking devices that contain confidential company documents and information
- Use an RFID blocker(basically a card sleeve) to protect payment cards, room keys, and passports
- Use password-protected hotspot instead of hotel or public Wi-Fi
- Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Near Field Communications (NFC) on your phone when in public areas such as airports or coffee shops
- Use a VPN
There are many cybersecurity improvements to consider making, whether you have big traveling plans or just like to work from outside the office on occasion. For more information on how to protect personal and company data, or for any other IT needs or questions you may have, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.