If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you and your team have been working remotely due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.
You’re not alone. Businesses of all kinds, including MSPs, have had to conduct their work from home, becoming dependent on email, video conferencing, and other online tools to perform day-to-day tasks usually carried out in person.
This increased reliance on the internet for work is why cybersecurity is more important now than ever. Here are 5 tips on how you and your team can work from your own homes while still remaining digitally secure.
1- Update your personal devicesIf you’re now having to use your personal computer to do your work from home instead of the one you usually use at the office, make sure you’ve installed all the latest updates for your operating system, web browser, and any services you regularly use. These updates often contain bug fixes and patches that repair security vulnerabilities, and while your office computer might be in good shape, you may have hit “Remind me later” one too many times on your personal one.
2- Watch out for suspicious emails
Phishing and spear phishing aren’t anything new, and even during extraordinary circusmtances like these, it's still business as usual for scammers and cybercriminals.
Don’t let your guard down though: if you receive a fishy-looking email from an unfamiliar sender that really wants you to click on a certain link, delete it immediately.
3- Avoid sharing personal or financial information online
A favorite tactic for cybercriminals is reaching out to you while impersonating one of your colleagues, hoping to trick you into providing them with some sensitive company information, like a set of credentials or a credit card number.
Now that we’re all working so far away from one another and relying on text and email to communicate, the risk of falling victim to this type of attack has grown exponentially. If you ever receive a message or email from one of your coworkers requesting something like a password or credit card details, consider calling them up just to verify that it's actually them.
4- Connect through a VPNUsually, everyone connecting to your business computer network would do so via the company’s own secure Wi-Fi. Now that everyone is working in different locations and using various kinds of internet connections to access that business computer network, any user could be a potential liability. A VPN, or virtual private network, allows you and your colleagues to remotely share and access data as if you were all connected to the same private network. Set one up and it will be like you're all working from the office on the same secure Wi-Fi network.
5- Use strong passwords and 2FA
Whether you’re working from home or from the office, giving your accounts strong passwords and setting up two factor authentication is the best way to protect them.
With MYKI for MSPs, you’ll be able to generate complex passwords, securely store and manage passwords, and even share access to 2FA-protected accounts, credit card details, and more with the rest of your team, and even offer that service to your clients.
Sign up for MYKI for MSPs today to get started and take control of your digital identity.