It’s very difficult to contain hacks in the absence of proper cybersecurity precautions. The usual cybersecurity threats like phishing and malware have been happening for decades. However, the way in which they have been carried out and increased during covid is concerning. Many reports indicate that about 39% of businesses have accepted that they suffered most phishing attacks in the year 2020 during the lockdown when most employees started working from home.
Since covid is still going strong and the security breaches are increasing day by day, it is a wake-up call for businesses as well as employees working from their homes that they’ll have to be more alert if they want to protect the assets from being exploited by hackers.
Some of those techniques that web security experts believe will offer maximum protection are as follows.
1. Greater Degree of Password Protection
It might have been enough earlier that all devices were given a different password. But, it’s not enough now. While every device should still have a password that’s different from others, it has to be at least 12-15 characters long now. This increases the difficulty level that offers better protection from the online threat actors.
If you find it hard to make so many long and unique passwords, you can always use a password manager app. It not just offers strong password suggestions, it also safely stores all passwords. The reason that these apps are safer than any random file is that they are encrypted.
2. MFA for Guarding the System
Companies should focus on adding a minimum of 3 authentication factors so that the system is better prepared against hacking attempts. Wondering how this helps? Have a look.
- Breaching the backdoor password doesn’t give system access.
- All the authentication layers have to be cleared if the system has to be accessed.
- Some of the authentication factors are biometric layers too. It takes the difficulty level much higher.
3. Router Protection at Home
When you have your work system connected to your home router, you have certain responsibilities. It is your duty to guard the work systems from getting hacked and it’s not very difficult. You can do it in the following simple ways.
- Don’t keep the system buggy. Keep only useful files in the system. Delete the rest that are not useful.
- Patch the router manually and the password of the router should be extremely strong.
- Create a separate login for other home devices and guests.
All these factors indicate that though the online landscape has become riskier but following certain techniques still offer better protection. So, be aware and educate your employees about the ways in which they can contribute to asset protection.