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Remote work is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's digital age. While many find working from home or adopting a hybrid setup to be very convenient, it can also expose you to various cybersecurity concerns.

Why is Cybersecurity Important in a Work-from-Home or Hybrid Setup?

In a work-from-home or hybrid setup, cybersecurity plays a crucial role in protecting sensitive information and preventing unauthorized access whenever you go online. With the rise of cyber threats, remote workers can be vulnerable targets. Cybersecurity ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, enabling you to work with a peace of mind.

What are Security Risks Involved in a Work-from-Home or Hybrid Setup?

Phishing Attacks and Social Engineering

Due to challenges in monitoring and enforcing security policies, working remotely increased the risk of falling victim to deceptive emails or scams and phishing attacks aiming to obtain sensitive information like passwords or other credentials.

Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks

Remote workers may use unsecured Wi-Fi, or easily guessable passwords which allow hackers to get into your home network and steal your information or use your internet connection for malicious purposes. These networks may not have the same security protection as those in an office environment.

Poor Password Management

Using weak and guessable passwords can make it easier for hackers to access your devices and sensitive information, which can lead to identity theft and other security issues.

Unencrypted Remote File Sharing

Sharing files remotely without enough encryption may allow hackers to easily intercept the data being shared. Shared devices

Shared devices

Lack of separation between personal and work-related activities on shared devices. Mixing personal and work activities on the same device can increase the risk of data leakage or accidental exposure.

How to Properly Set Up Secure Remote Access in a Work-from-Home or Hybrid Setup

Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN encrypts your internet connection, ensuring secure transmission of data between your device and the corporate network.

As remote work becomes the new norm, it is critical to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to secure your online activities and potect your personal information. Trend Micro VPN Proxy One Pro is an excellent VPN solution that offers comprehensive security to protect your online activities and grants access to restricted websites and online services.

Keep software up-to-date

Regularly update your operating system, antivirus software, and other applications to protect against known vulnerabilities.

Secure your Wi-Fi network

Change the default router password, use a strong WPA2 or WPA3 encryption, and disable guest networks to minimize unauthorized access.

Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA)

MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring multiple forms of verification, such as a password and a unique code sent to your smartphone.

Setup your Antivirus software

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A. Schedule a Scan
B. Turn On Anti-phishing
C. Turn On Webmail Protection
D. Turn On Ransomware Protection

Use a Password Manager

Keeping your login credentials and passwords safe is essential. Trend Micro recommends you use Password Manager to store these sensitive information in one secure location that only you can access. Here’s our guide on how to add it to your favorite browsers: How to enable Password Manager Extension.

TIP: Use Trend Micro's Secure Erase if you need to permanently delete an important file or folder from your computer preventing anyone from recovering the data.

Encrypt Your Files Before Sharing

Knowing how to securely share confidential files is important to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data. You can do this by encrypting your files so only authorized people can access them. Use a good archive tool like Trend Micro Unzip One to create encrypted archives in different formats, which gives you an additional layer of protection while sharing files from home.

Security Best Practices When Working in a Work-from-Home or Hybrid Setup

Use strong, unique passwords

Avoid reusing passwords and consider using a Strong Password Generator to generate and store complex passwords securely.

Be cautious of phishing emails and suspicious links

Verify the authenticity of email senders and avoid clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.

Secure your physical workspace

Lock your computer when you're away, use privacy screens to prevent shoulder surfing, and secure physical documents in a locked cabinet or drawer.

Regularly back up your data

Backup important files regularly to an external hard drive or a secure cloud storage service to protect against data loss.

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