Tips to secure your home network

Working from home has become the new normal due to the recent events, which allowed more professionals the flexibility in working from home.  The country was on the verge of becoming more accustomed to the work-from-home option before the pandemic hit.  Now, cyber-attack threats are at an even higher level due to this.  Mark Nevins, a leadership advisor, and coach talk about the high risk that comes with the new work from home turn out in “ New Dangers of working from home: Cybersecurity Risks” https://www.forbes.com/sites/hillennevins/2021/05/19/new-dangers-of-working-from-home-cybersecurity-risks/?sh=321f295c22fb.

Mark talks about what is happening in 2020 with the pandemic and how employees and companies need to protect themselves from online attacks.  He talks about how people are getting hacked, which is due to unsecured networks from inside the employee homes.  He discusses ways to protect against cyber-attacks as well as some good techniques to stay safe.

I agree with what Mark talks about regarding the work from home issue and what needs to happen to help protect employees and the companies.  There was no choice in the matter when the pandemic hit that companies had to revert to work from home.  Due to this, ransomware attacks have increased because employees are getting caught clicking on malicious links from ads on their home computers due to the lack of information regarding security threats.  Companies are working on trying to get a handle on this situation after the fact that we are already working from home.  The main problem is getting the communication to the employee on what steps to take in order to secure and protect their and the company’s information.

Having an MFA or SSO like Mark mentioned is enough to stop a hacker from gaining access to one’s home network.  The Multifactor authenticator helps by adding an extra layer of protection to the user by having the user type in a random number that is generated by the authenticator.  The random number is then good for roughly 30 to 60 sec then the number changes to a completely new and random number and the old one is then expired and can never be used again.

Getting employees to do this will help with personal and company information from getting stolen through cyberattacks.  When Mark says, “Humans are the weakest link in an organization’s security” he is simply just saying we are susceptible to not knowing and just clicking before having a sense of what can be malicious.  That is why having a good source for information regarding cyberattacks and how to prevent them will also help with staying vigilant in keeping information safe.  Keeping virus protection software up to date along with any computer updates. 

In my opinion, I believe in multi-factor authenticators.  MFA’s do help to secure your login while also, running checks on the system, email, and websites you visit.  When I got my information stolen back in 2009, I did not have any of this information.  I didn’t know about authenticators and if I’m not mistaken it was a link I clicked on to confirm my account password through my email.  When it comes to cybercrime it doesn’t really take much to get someone’s information online that is why staying on top of virus scans and making sure to watch what we click on when accessing websites and emails is important.  Do you want to be the next victim?  Then the time is now to act and protect yourself online.

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