Remote working is increasingly common. Thanks to technology, many can get their work done without having to be physically in the office. We have some recommendations to make sure working outside the office is still safe.
Today we have many tools and technological solutions that allow us to work remotely and flexibly. In order to do so without cracks in security, the first thing we must do is treat our work space as if it were our office and follow this advice:
- Always keep your computer and work phone in a safe place.
- In video conferences it is important that we check who the participants of the call are, to make sure that only authorised persons are present. If you don’t know or identify an specific number, feel free to ask the rest of the attendees.
- Be very careful when handling confidential information, especially if you are working in a public space where there are other people around you.
- Cybercriminals use topics such as popular trends and news, to get people to open attachments, click on links or respond with sensitive information. We have to be suspicious of new requests for urgent or rare information. Think before making any action: Where you expecting this email? Do you recognise the sender? Are they asking you to do something?
- We need to be on the lookout for e-mails, instant messages (SMS), phone calls, web call links and calendar invitations from people we don't know.
- When possible always use passphrases (three or more words). Remember, the longer your passwords are, they stronger they are. Also use password managers to keep them safe and avoid having them written in papers or files in your computer.
- Browse safely only in trusted websites. Make sure the web address starts with HTTPS (not HTTP) as they are generally more secure. Always look for the green pad lock symbol at the left hand corner of the url.