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Most of us will have to travel one day, whether you work at home for your own business, or work for a large corporation sending you to Japan for the weekend. There are a lot of obstacles that come with working remotely as it can potentially be dangerous for yourself or business. Today I will talk about certain precautions you should take when working outbound.
Having A Virtual Private Network
Making small mistakes while outbound can result into big trouble, having a virtual private network is a must for working remotely. What a virtual private network does is mask the user when connected to those free public networks you find at the local café or hotel. Not only will it make you anonymous, but it also encrypts the connection making all traffic going into and out of your computer unreadable by a potential attacker. This will protect your device and its sensitive data from hackers and malware.
There are many VPNs available on the market as of today, and it can easily become overwhelming when attempting to make the right decision. Each one can be a little unique in what it offers, so take the time to research and find the one that might fit your lifestyle most.
The basic firewall built into your operating system can actually be a really nice coat of security. Taking the time to configure this program can allow you to get notifications if any strange actions are being taken upon your system without notice. This program can also protect you from low-tier malware and public network invasions. Third party firewalls are available, and some might argue that they offer a lot more protection, but they are also a lot more difficult to set up correctly for newer users.
There are plenty of guides online to show you how to setup your firewall to fight off malicious activity, give it a try and stay protected when abroad.
Secure Websites (HTTPS)
When surfing the web without a secure network it might be a little risky checking out unsecured non-HTTPS pages. How do I know what’s safe? Well this part is easy, take a look at the URL and look for the HTTPS: at the start of the address bar. If you are looking for a more user friendly experience you can try out Google Chrome, as it shows a bright green lock when sites are secure.
Unsecured websites tend to have malicious bugs or could even be a phishing site attempting to gather your private information without your consent.
Identity theft and invasion of privacy does not only happen in the digital realm but also physically. Take care of all your data and hardware you might be carrying with you as it can possibly hold a lot of your private information. Keep them close to you at all times, because without the tools, how can you work remotely?
When getting rid of any old hardware, take the extra step and format all drives to get rid of personal data. There are many online manuals to show you how to format old hardware and prepping it for disposal if you do not know how. Once you throw away hardware who knows who will find it next.
Staying focused and planning ahead can help you stay away from any of these types of situations from happening.
This is a powerful tool used to counter some of the more updated malware that could easily bypass other forms of security. Anything that has the potential to harm your system, whether it is website based or through torrents, you will know about everything that happens. There are many available and all contains their own unique features like gaming settings or having light hardware use for systems that aren’t as powerful.
Having an anti-virus is highly recommended when going anywhere outside of home or work, just be sure to get a full system scan when returning from travel.
When working remotely, you will need to find a connection, and it will usually be something free and local. These networks are incredibly unsecured and can be broken into by hackers very easily. If you must connect to public Wi-Fi when traveling, attempt to use all talked about security to keep invaders from harming you or your business.
Something you should look out for are luring fake networks that may resemble something you would see in a crowded city street such as “Café Free Wi-Fi”. These types of networks are created by hackers to have people connect and work strictly for stripping private data from their computers. Take the time to ask around to make sure if the network you are connecting to is correct.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Broadband)
Being able to find a free public Wi-Fi can be the least of your worries when traveling, but these connections are never reliable when it comes to security. You can now purchase broadband adapters for less than $20 USD and they can give you a more secure connection when outbound. Most hotels actually allow for broadband connections so you will have no trouble finding a plugin.
I hope you learn from these simple tips for the next time you have to work remotely, as they have helped me very much. Remember, not everything is dangerous, but it is best to take those extra steps to prevent potential threats.
About The Author:
Caroline is a technology enthusiast and blogger. She loves anything to do with technology and gadgets but her main passion is internet security. Caroline is originally from the UK but now lives in the US where she writes for securethoughts.com
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