Telework and cybersecurity: how to connect to the network safely

Using a VPN, properly configuring the router, and using Two-factor authentication are some of the precautionary measures to take into account when doing home office or remote work.

More than 4 out of 10 companies showed resistance to teleworking before the coronavirus appeared. The Covid-19, with its traffic restrictions, accelerated the need to manage business tasks remotely.

The truth is that in the face of this pandemic situation and following the established by different governments and health entities in the world, in several countries of the world the home office was imposed, or it was recommended that this type of service be adopted whenever possible, to comply with the recommendations for social distancing.

One of the key aspects to keep in mind when working remotely is to take certain precautions to avoid being victims of cyberattacks.

According to a study developed by Kaspersky in conjunction with the market research consultancy CORPA, 25% of Latin Americans do not have a laptop intended solely for work. If they do, 30% of them connect to a public network. Of these, only 8% say they connect to a virtual private network (VPN) while in the field.

Nowadays, due to traffic limitations as well as the closure of stores and shopping malls, the possibility of connecting to a public wifi network lowered, and with it, the cybersecurity risks related to this aspect. In any case, it is necessary to take some precautions when connecting to the home network. Remote work contributes to meeting the social distancing recommended by different governments.

Experts recommend the following practices to connect to the network safely:

Change the wifi password

There are undoubtedly thousands of users who connect through a wifi modem or access point in their homes and never changed the default configuration, nor the wifi password. When configuring the device parameters, the selection of WPA2 wifi encryption technology is recommended, it ensures that the communication between the equipment and the router is encrypted.


Use a VPN to connect to the company network, which in addition to the traditional login with username and password, should implement a Two authentication factor to strengthen security.

Updated System And Antiviruses

This applies to both the operating system and the applications that are running inside. It is also important to have an Antivirus and Firewall solution activated and updated. As mentioned above, remember that it is important to verify that WPA2 is working on the wifi network as security mechanisms, and when generating a new password, it suggests creating passwords using phrases instead of words. Space is one more character and can be used. E.g., “This is my home wireless network”.

Back up critical information to external drives.

They must not be connected to the device for 24 hours. The copy is made to it, and it is disconnected.

Manage permissions

If you are going to use the family PC, create a new user for work use, and avoid having administrator privileges. It is not convenient to share the common user of the PC to carry out work tasks.

Be very attentive to messages by mail, SMS, WhatsApp, or any other channel that personal request data such as users, passwords, token codes, etc. No one should request that. It is a time of chaos where attackers can use it to try to trick users.

Regarding this last point, from IBM, they warn that the phishing was one of the attack vectors used by most cybercriminals in 2019. Tech, social media, and streaming services companies are the top 10 brands that cybercriminals counterfeit in phishing attempts, the company says.

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Written by Sean Longstaff


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