Security Tips For Remote Workers

Freelancers and small business owners have been working remotely for years, but with such a large influx of office workers turning to remote work, the security risks have increased. Online criminals have targeted more small businesses than ever before. So, even if you have never had an issue before, it is time to step up your security. 

What are the risks of remote work? 

There are some standard risks that all remote businesses face: 

  • Phishing emails are more likely to be sent to those with a small business
  • Insecure passwords/ the same password used across multiple devices
  • Multiple devices throughout the company or used by one person
  • No anti-virus or firewalls
  • Using unsecured WIFI
  • No backup or recovery

How can you protect yourself against attacks? 

It doesn’t matter if you are a single-person business or a multi-person business; increasing your security is a must. You have two real options; one is to hire an IT support company that will assess what you need and implement it for you. 

The other is to take steps manually and make adjustments and changes. 


The cloud will be an important part of your process for increased security. Move all of your apps to the cloud (think accounting software, Microsoft and any other apps you use). 


Almost all websites and software that require a login will now offer multi-factor, aka two-factor authentication. While many people think that this extra step slows them down and is irritating, it can be the difference between easy access and zero access to a cyber-criminal. You can use an extra app that generates a code or a device that can be linked to your account.  

Not only will two-factor authentication protect your accounts, but it will alert you if your accounts ever come under attack, too. 


There are many VPNs that you can choose from, like Nord or Express. A virtual private network encrypts the information for you and protects your identity and traffic by masking your IP address. Using a VPN creates a secure connection from your device to the network and keeps you protected. 

Password Management 

Now, some devices with accounts (like Apple devices) will prompt you to change your password regularly when there has been a leak for a website that you use. This is an essential part of password management. But it isn’t where it ends. If you have a virtual assistant or a team that accesses the same accounts, using password management software will keep the real password secure. 


Software updates will be patches for improvement, but they will also contain updated security based on new risks. When software is outdated, cybercriminals can exploit the vulnerabilities. This also goes for having a website that you manage – updating your plugins will prevent a hack. 

Personal Vs Business

It might sound like a big ask to use separate machines, but having both private and professional information stored on one device can be disastrous. Switching to using one device for work and one for regular surfing will keep everything safer. 
Ensuring your business is secure is something that can set you apart from the crowd and can help with growth: How To Make Your Freelance Business Look More Professional.

Isa Lillo


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