The majority of the time businesses aren’t safe, even in a non-mobile location such as an office. Imagine the security risks you take leaving an office that has a dedicated setup which contains hardware, software, and even processes to help disable security intervention. Many do not understand how dangerous roaming with unsecured information really is. By taking the time to look over today’s methods, you will be minimizing the risk when it comes to working outbound or even at home.

Connecting to a VPN (Virtual Private Network)

The biggest mistake you can make is to connect remotely without any type of security, especially when you travel. By having a secure VPN, you can have employees login safely through public internet connections to your network. A virtual private network encrypts your information between your computer and the VPN and keeps it secure. It then connects to a wider web, and to any unencrypted sites you visit. What this means, is the person sitting at the local café, using the same Wi-Fi as you, can’t have access to any of the information on your laptop or smartphone. As many remote jobs require accessing files and other confidential information, it is imperative to have a secure connection for all this sharing.

Enabling your firewall

You should have your Firewall enabled at all times when using the internet. This will prevent minor attacks and will give you a notice if anything suspicious might be going on. ZoneAlarm is a really good choice if you’re trying to use something other than the default Windows version that’s built in. While Firewalls can be a bit of a pain to setup, they are very much worth it in the long run.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Broadband)

Finding a free Wi-Fi connection in today’s society is easier than waiving down a waiter at a restaurant. While that might sound like a little bit of an exaggeration, you can still find free Wi-Fi at cafes, hotels, airports, malls, pretty much any gathering spot. Free Wi-Fi is never secure and you can fall victim to the person smiling at you across the room. Secure your technology with broadband cards or mobile broadband adapters.  These items are really inexpensive and worth every penny.

Storing work in the clouds

When you use a cloud-based system the majority of the security will be ran by the software provider. Using a well-known piece of software will allow for even better security. The cloud is a great way to store documents when on the go and even have employees access it at any computer. By having a cloud-based setup you can save more than having to buy and maintain a server dedicated to your business.

Beware of websites missing SSL (HTTPS)

When surfing the web with your favorite search engine, make sure the websites you visit do not contain SSL encryptions. For example, when using Chrome, you would try to find the green lock on the left of the address bar. This indicates the website is secure for use.

Picking an anti-virus software

By having good antivirus software, you will be able to detect worms, trojans horses, and many more of those horrible unwanted bugs. When your computer is infected with any of these malicious bugs, you can have a severe problem. These type of bugs cause you to lose valuable information by deleting it. Most viruses of this kind are easily prevented beforehand, as compared to trying to remove them after you’re infected. There are many antivirus programs on the market today, so your best plan is to take the time to read the reviews and pick the best one for your situation.

Personal safety

When outbound, not only do you have to watch out for digital intrusion but also physical. Personal safety can also involve looking after your hardware and data. Treat your items like the shirt on your back and keep them with you at all times.  Remember, without them you can no longer work. Try to plan ahead before heading out so you can reduce the risk of theft or loss.

Keep a handy copy

Sometimes while traveling, you can’t rely on the internet to work correctly. When this happens you will need to have work necessities to keep yourself running even without internet on the extra drive. Keep them close, as you never know when they will be needed. Try to place everything in it that can secure a job well done offline.

I really hope you take all these tips into consideration when working remotely. Work hard while staying safe no matter where you go.