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How To Protect Your Data As A Remote Worker

27th August 2019

As a remote worker, whether you've yet to realize it or not, you reap a whole host of benefits each and every day. You have a degree of control over your schedule, you don’t have to spend money on travel expenses, and you have the ability to lounge around in your pajamas all day if you feel the need to do so!

 

Remote working isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, though. When you choose to work in this fashion, you are in constant danger of your data being hacked, stolen, and extorted. It’s sad, but it’s true.

 

Fear not, however, as there are things that you can do to safeguard your data. Read on to find out what specific dangers you face as well as what you can do to protect yourself against them.

 

Protect your cloud data

 

Chances are, as you perform your work in all manner of places, you make use of a cloud storage system. This kind of system is an incredibly useful tool for remote workers like yourself, as it allows you to save and access your files, documents, and data on the go with ease. As good as the cloud may be, however, there are still dangers associated with its usage, the biggest one being that it is incredibly easy to hack.

 

To ensure that your cloud data is never hacked by a cybercriminal, you have to resolve to protect it all costs. Here are a few ways you can do just that:

 

•   Set strong passwords

•   Ensure that local backup is switched on

•   Never store information that is highly sensitive on the cloud

•   Encrypt your files

•   Make use of a cloud threat defense solution, such as that which is offered expertly by McAfee.com

•   Test your security measures regularly to ensure they are still intact

 

Beware of thieves in public places

 

70% of the world’s working population already work remotely at least once a week, and that number is only expected to rise as companies look to cut their utility costs and enhance their employee productivity levels even further. This means that more and more laptops, tablets, and mobile devices are sure to start appearing in coffee shops, libraries, and bars across the globe as more and more remote workers seek a strong Internet connection. 

 

Unfortunately, this ever-growing influx of remote workers is sure to attract a hoard of petty criminals. The fact there are more belongings for them to potentially steal in public areas will be sure to attract thieves which means, as a remote worker, physical criminality is also something you have to take seriously.

 

Should somebody steal your laptop in the middle of the working day, you would find yourself behind schedule through no fault of your own — you would just have to hope that your boss takes pity on you and extends your deadline! What is more worrying, however, is what the criminal could potentially do with all your personal details. They could hack into your online banking portal and transfer themselves a healthy amount of money, or they could commit identity fraud and land you in serious hot water with the law.

 

If you ever decide to perform your daily tasks in a public area, just be sure that you keep an eye on your belongings at all times.

 

Recent advancements in communication technology mean that colleagues don’t necessarily have to be in the same physical space as one another in order to collaborate. This has led to thousands upon thousands of people around the world adopting remote working roles. If you join this wave of modern-day workers, whatever you do, just be sure to protect your data at all costs.

Posted by Mark at 4:12pm

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