Now more than ever, cybersecurity is of the utmost importance. The pandemic has taught us the value of working remotely, giving employees a greater work/life flexibility than they have ever had before.

Then again, it has opened the door for potential cybersecurity issues. Organizations need to implement proper protocols to ensure that both the employee and their business are protected from data breaches, hacks, and other security concerns. Here are a few helpful tips for those working remotely.

Start Small

Businesses should first work at addressing the most critical aspects of the business. Critical operations, and limiting the security risks, can provide a bit of a buffer as well. With the most important matters handled, the company can then look into fine-tuning cybersecurity practices to ensure that both employee and company are protected.

Changing Home Wi-Fi Network Passwords

Now that employees are telecommuting, there are more opportunities for cybercriminals to access and attack a number of devices and networks. Protecting the employee’s home network becomes paramount for proper security. It can be as simple as changing a Wi-Fi password. This way, it at least adds an extra measure of protection for both parties.

Take Advantage of VPNs

If you have not heard of a VPN before, this is the time to learn. VPNs are essentially a secure tunnel to the Internet. They are encrypted and serve as one of the most secure forms of access between employee and company.

Many companies have begun implementing their own VPN service, but there are things to be aware of. Look for compatibility between critical devices. Trying to mitigate costs by going for a “free” VPN can result in a false sense of security.

Multi-Factor Authentication

It may take an extra step, but multi-factor – which includes numerical codes being entered in addition to username and password – is one of the most secure methods going right now. That extra step can make it difficult for cybercriminals to gain access even if they have a username and password from an employee.