After the recent devastating pandemic, companies have started delegating their work remotely so that their employees can work from their homes.
But at the same time, it has provided a gateway for hackers to launch cyberattacks on such work structures.
Let’s see how you can prepare your business for remote work.
How Can a Cyberattack Affect Your Business?
Hackers can launch a cyberattack on your business or company using any vulnerable and unsecured connection. It leaves devastating results, especially for owners that mostly have to delegate their work online. Some of these damages may include:
Business Loss through Spyware
After getting access to your system, a hacker can easily manipulate, change and delete crucial data. After a data breach occurs, it can affect you and all the companies that rely on your business. The hackers accomplish this by inserting different spyware into your system while your employees are connected to an unsecured internet connection.
Such attacks can significantly damage your reputation in the industry and make you look less reliable when doing business. This can also serve as a deterrent when you are trying to partner up with other firms in the industry.
Financial Loss through Malware
Besides the loss of reputation, hackers can also insert various other viruses into your systems that can attack your systems, technology, and websites. These particular kinds of viruses are known as malware and ransomware.
After a hacker gets hold of your resources, they can shut it down completely to help your competition, or they can ask an extravagant amount of money for returning access to your system.
Another problem that might occur is that even after paying a considerable sum of money, it is not guaranteed that the hackers will not leave backdoors into your system, which lets them access it whenever they want without your knowledge.
How Can You Tackle a Cyberattack?
There are a lot of methods that can save you from a potential cyberattack, but the one that we are about to talk about is the easiest and most convenient. The method comprises using a digital tool termed VPN (Virtual Private Network). It can be used to create a tunnel that all of your online traffic has to pass through.
When your data passes through this tunnel, it applies multiple levels of encryption on it so that it can neither be decrypted nor stolen without the user’s authorization. Besides this, it can also hide your location by masking your original IP address with a fake one so that you become untraceable while you are online.
What Are Some of the Benefits of VPN?
A VPN serves many beneficial purposes for companies and businesses to save themselves from ongoing hacking attempts. Some of these benefits include:
Accessing Files and Data Safely in Public
Remote workers are most vulnerable when they are working online using public internet connections. These internet spots are the den of hacking and cybercrimes as owners put little to no effort into increasing the security of these connections.
When someone connects to these public Wi-Fi’s, they quickly lose access to their files or provide authorization to malicious individuals without their knowledge. A VPN can solve all of these problems because it has the capability of turning any public network into private by masking your IP address.
Access to Files on the Move
Companies usually delegate their work to their staff when traveling or moving. It can become tricky when remote workers are either at a place or country which doesn’t allow access to a particular website or address.
A VPN is highly beneficial in these scenarios as it can virtually connect you to any network worldwide and give you access to your files safely, even when you are on the move.
Another great benefit of using a VPN is providing you and your workers with online anonymity. It is beneficial for protecting your business from unwanted spying and cybercrimes (read our article “Cybercrime Ramps Up Amid Pandemic Costing Businesses Even More”).
A VPN can not only change your IP address but also provide a different DNS. It can easily protect you from any website or person trying to get more information about you and your location.