Currently, employees are more connected than ever. The hybrid workplace is here to stay, and for employees, this means relying on connected devices from their home office setups. According to recent data, Smart home systems will rise to a market value of $157 billion by 2023, and the number of installed connected devices in the home increases by a staggering 70% by 2025. In this new normal where Smart devices are constantly online safety is a must, here are some tips for securing those devices.
Remember, Smart devices need smart security
Make cybersecurity a priority when purchasing a connected device. When setting up a new device, be sure to set up the privacy and security settings on web services and devices, bearing in mind that you can limit with whom you share information.
Put cybersecurity first in your job
Make cybersecurity a priority when you enter a new role. Of course, good online hygiene should be part of any organization’s onboarding process, but if it is not, then take it upon yourself to exercise best practices to keep your company safe. Some precautions include performing regular software updates, patching, and enabling Multi Factor Authentication any time it is available.
Make passwords and passphrases long and strong
Whether or not the website you are on requires it, be sure to use at least 12 characters, combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create the most secure password. Generic passwords are easy to hack. If you need help remembering and storing your passwords, do not hesitate to turn to a password manager for assistance.
Never use public computers to log in to any accounts
While working from home, you may want to change scenery and work from a coffee shop or another type of public space. While this is a great way to keep the day from becoming monotonous, use caution to protect yourself and your company from harm’s way. Ensure that security is always top of mind, especially while working in a public setting. Imagine that all your online activities are visible and that should help you stay safe. If you must connect securely from a public WiFi at the coffee shop or airport use your phone as a hotspot and make sure it is on the cellular not the WiFi network.
Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when idle
The uncomfortable truth is, when WiFi and Bluetooth are on, they can connect and track your whereabouts. So, to stay as safe as possible, if you do not need them, switch them off. It is a simple step that can help alleviate tracking concerns and incidents.
These are just a few simple steps towards achieving the best online safety possible. Staying safe online is an active process that requires constant oversight at every stage - from purchasing and setting up a device to ensuring that your day-to-day activities are not putting anyone at risk. By following these steps, you are doing your part to keep yourself and your company safe from malicious online activity.