It’s been a while since most of us have been largely staying home and working from home. Our lifestyles have been modified by this change. One of the most significant changes has been the increase in our activities online. We’re using ecommerce, digital banking, hyperlocal deliveries, communication apps etc a lot more than ever before. However, with these new behaviours come new risks. Data security is more essential during our current stay at home. Here are some ways to ensure data security right now.

Secure your home network

While you might be working on your office laptop or PC, you’re still going to be using your home network to do so. To avoid any risk of external intervention and snooping, you need to secure your home network as well as you can. Also, if your employer provides access to some VPN technology as a mandatory practice, never use your work system without it.

Avoid dangerous browsing

While at home, it is natural to take a break from work and check the news, window shop online and visit other websites. However, always ensure that the websites you’re visiting are safe. Look for a URL that starts with ‘HTTPS’ and has a padlock icon at the beginning. This indicates a secure website that you can then safely browse.

Only use work email for official communication

Phishing is a commonly carried out malicious attack that involves someone impersonating a colleague, friend or acquaintance to get you to click on a harmful link on their email. If all employees stick to using work emails for official communication, any email from a suspicious domain would be easier to identify. In fact, some enterprise email solutions provide this as a feature.

Use secure collaboration tools

As a part of the official technology stack of any company, employees usually have access to some collaboration tools. Always stick to the one provided by your employer and never use external, unprotected services that are unsanctioned. This is a major risk to your and your employer’s data.

Create separate networks

Since we are living in the age of smart homes, there can be IoT devices in your homes that are a point of vulnerability. To avoid risks from them, use a separate network to connect them to the internet. You don’t need a dedicated router for that – most routers offer this feature known as creating a subnet that allows you to isolate device groups into their own networks.

Stay safe

In the end, there are few things that can perform better at detecting danger than your own instincts. If something feels risky, don’t do it. At the end of the day, it is your own security at risk. Image Courtesy: Canva

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