How to Keep Your Site Secure When You Have a Remote Team
Managing a remote team and worried about security?
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Website security is one of the biggest concerns for developers and business owners around the world. Hackers can breach websites and obtain personal data about your customers, credit card information, control of your website, and much more. According to Norton, it has been estimated that nearly 12 billion records were stolen in 2018. It’s expected that this number will rise in 2019.
Remote teams are great for accomplishing tasks while people are living in different parts of the world. However, groups that operate solely over the Internet are also more likely to experience a cyber attack. The reason for this increase is that every aspect of the project is shared on the Internet, as opposed to face-to-face meetings. As a result, people are forced to share sensitive data with others if they want help with their project.
There are multiple ways to strengthen the security of your remote team. We want to show you some easy and interesting ways you can improve the chances that your data will stay out of the wrong hands.
Use Two-Step Verification
Hackers can crack passwords using a variety of different methods; most commonly, they use brute force attacks. The speed that they can access a password is alarming. Estimates show that a skilled hacker can break a seven character password in .29 milliseconds. You can stop them in their tracks by insisting that your team start using two-step verification.
Google is well known for adding the two-step authentication process to their browser and email suite. Here’s how the process works. When you or your team members set up your account, you’ll be required to either link your phone or use a specialized security chip in your USB drive for account access.
After setting up your verification, entering your password is no longer enough to access all of your sensitive files. Now, you’ll have to either insert the security chip in your computer or validate your identity by entering a code that is sent to your mobile device.
Avoid Public Networks
You could ask that your employees don’t do any work outside of their home office. If they are working from a coffee shop or airport, they are using an open network. Open networks are a prime target for scammers because of their easily accessible design.
Hackers can lurk on the network, looking for someone with valuable data on their laptop, which is a massive liability. Cybercriminals are also able to distribute malware to computers on a public network if file sharing is turned on
It’s also a good idea to remind your team to never save confidential or otherwise sensitive information on a USB flash drive. USB drives are tiny, and there’s a higher chance that they will get lost and end up in the hands of a hacker.
Purchase a VPN
Another excellent way to keep your team safe is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on all of your devices. A VPN is a tool that allows you to replace your current IP address with one of the provider’s VPNs from gateways all over the world.
Your team can use this software to mask their identity and keep hackers from being able to find your sensitive data. VPNs can also encrypt all of the data that goes to and from your PC. If a hacker is lurking around, they will not be able to access your computer because of the masked IP and encryption.
If you or anyone you work with ends up being forced to work on a public Wi-Fi signal due to flight or a vacation, a VPN can add an extra layer of security to your smartphone or PC. However, in an ideal situation, everyone is going to want to work on their home network.
Despite what all the advertising tells us, it’s impossible to have a 100 percent secure network. There’s always a chance that someone may try to hack your network, so they steal valuable information. There’s a reason many antivirus companies offer backup and fraud management care -- it’s because as much as we hate to admit it, cybercrime is on the rise.
These tips will help you establish a safe and secure connection with your remote team. If you fall victim to a hack, there are several solutions that can help you resolve your security issues. But preventative measures are the best option. After all, the best offense is a good defense.
Published at DZone with permission of Thomas Griffin. See the original article here.
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