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Cybersecurity: how to protect your work computer

It is important to understand the risks of using your work computer for personal tasks. If you are not careful, you could expose your company to malware or other security issues. You should never share passwords with coworkers and be sure that all programs are updated regularly. This article will discuss these cybersecurity tips in detail.

Use a password manager to create strong passwords

Use a password manager to create strong passwords for your work and personal accounts. You should always use unique, complex passwords that are hard to guess or crack through brute force attacks. Password managers such as LastPass will generate secure passwords based on the site you’re visiting and let you log in automatically without compromising security.

Install antivirus software on all of your devices

It is important to ensure that each device connected to your company’s network has antivirus protection installed and is up-to-date. Even though you may not use your work computer to visit websites known for malicious links, it is still very important to protect yourself against unknown threats. It’s best to install antivirus on all of the devices that connect to your company’s network to ensure protection at all times.

Use caution when visiting suspicious sites

It is never a good idea to visit sites with questionable or dangerous content while using your work computer. Even if you know there won’t be any problems, malware can easily infect computers without users realizing anything is wrong until it’s too late. If you must look up information about an unfamiliar site, do so only from home and avoid downloading files onto any device connected through the same network as your company’s

Change your default settings

The default settings for many of the programs on your work computer can expose you to security risks. For example, by having a program automatically download files onto your device or allowing it to connect directly with another system without warning, you could accidentally compromise company data and make yourself vulnerable to potential threats.

Avoid downloading suspicious attachments

It is never wise to open unknown attachments sent via email while using your work computer. Even if they appear harmless at first glance, their contents may not be what they seem, and exposing them inside an organization’s network exposes that entire network to malware and other threats. When opening these types of emails, people often fall victim because their attachment appears genuine to trick unsuspecting users into clicking on it so its content can begin taking over the device. Always be sure to check the email address of any potential sender before opening an attachment, even if it appears safe.

Use a virtual private network (VPN) when browsing at work

Virtual private networks allow you to securely access your company network while using your device outside the office. This will keep all internet usage hidden from IT and other employees who may not need to know anything about what sites you’re visiting or how much time you spend on them during working hours. VPNs are also helpful because they encrypt data so that only authorized users can see it – this is useful for protecting yourself against hackers trying to get information by posing as someone else online. Many people forget about these steps to stay secure but taking them can make a difference in protecting your work computer.

When connecting to your work’s network, make sure to use SSH. What is SSH? Secure Shell, or SSH, is a protocol for secure communication between devices that allows you to connect your work computer with another device remotely. You can use it to transfer files and other data without using unsecured methods such as FTP and email attachments.

Refrain from downloading pirated music or movies

I recommend that you never download music or movies (or any copyright-protected media) at work because it’s illegal. In most cases, the company won’t even let you do this on your work computer. If they find out about it, there could be serious consequences for both yourself and your employer, so please refrain from doing this while using a company device!

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These tips are the best to employ a layered approach with cybersecurity. Let your antivirus and firewall do the heavy lifting of protecting you from viruses and hackers, respectively. Good luck staying safe online, and we hope this article helps keep your work computer secure!