VPN and the remote worker: Protecting your business

From the moment that COVID-induced lockdowns began, the practice of remote working boomed, as many workers were unable to leave their homes and go to work. Inventive methods of remote working were hastily adopted, with employees quickly adapting to online technology.

Workers that could convert their on-site work to remote working turned to video conferencing and team meetings, while individuals that lost their work during lockdown opted to pursue innovative entrepreneurial ventures and were introduced to a new world of technology for the first time.

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule, rushing to set up your Zoom sessions or Teams chat, but did you press pause to consider the privacy and safety of yourself and your client’s information while working remotely?

How secure is your computer or laptop when you’re working remotely?

Whether you are a freelancer, employer or business owner, there are three crucial elements you need to factor in to ensure you are safe while working from home.

1) Complete cybersecurity protection
2) Secured/detached backups for all important work projects
3) Multiple internet connections

Investing in complete cybersecurity protection as a remote worker is crucial to protecting yourself and your clients’ interests. When you work from home, it is not like being at the office. There is no IT department to call (or blame) and there is no manager that can fix the situation. If your computer gets hacked or compromised, the entire fault lies with you. Simply put: there is no SOS or reset button available, so do not risk it.

Consider how you manage your data

Losing personal data can lead to a loss in business reputation and even potential lawsuits and financial penalties. If you are working as a remote worker, you are obligated to ensure your devices are protected and your data is backed up securely. Having a VPN masks your IP address and protects saved data from mischievous hackers.

Combining business and pleasure

Many remote workers only have the same laptop or device for both work and personal needs. When a secure VPN has not yet entered the mix, it can compromise company security.

We might all be guilty of checking our Facebook or Instagram during a slow, grindingly boring day at the office. You might have clicked on an advert or unwittingly opened an attachment in your one-click move towards a disastrous data breach. Your social media uses cookies and tracking software, and you cannot route or block the pages through secure servers without a VPN installed.

Protecting your company

Any company that operates services online or works with online clients needs to take cybersecurity seriously. Even when remote workers connect to the company server, any local ISP server can become compromised. Failing to have a VPN when numerous remote connections connect to company servers is a risky situation that can leave you with undesirable outcomes. Using a VPN through a cloud service for your employees is always the safest option.

The best protection against unwanted invasions of privacy?

Keep your valuables offline. If you have crucial data and information, it is always best to keep it safely stored offline on a USB or external hard drive to ensure that it is impossible to hack.

VPNs offer an enhanced level of protection and anonymity for all your online devices, whether it is your laptop or iPhone. Combining a VPN with a powerful anti-malware software program ensures you have taken the best steps to protect your data, your device and yourself.

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