Is your valuable information safe?

The next installment in a series of blogs exploring the challenges and joys of working remotely. Why start from scratch, when others can pave the way for you? 



1.    a state of being in accordance with established guidelines or specifications

We live in an era of data, where Big Brother knows everything there is to know about you; from the cereal you enjoy, the blood type you are and all your guilty online shopping habits. Lordy. Data is big business. When working remotely, we spend a huge chunk of time and resources sharing and accessing data from afar – and not always in the most secure of ways. 

Before we get tin-foil hat paranoid though, there are certain measures we can take to ensure there’s some sort of wall between our precious data and those with less pure-of-heart intentions. Information security, (glamorously known as InfoSec) is the process of keeping your company’s valuable data protected. You need to understand and be able to identify what is sensitive and what isn’t. Passport details? Sensitive. Job description? Not sensitive (insensitive? Different blog post.) Fellow employee’s medical information? Sensitive. That time you got black out drunk in Mexico? Depends on your Facebook privacy settings…

Get savvy with some top tips for compliance:

·     Get familiar with Australian privacy laws and the guidelines of your company. You might be surprised by what is frowned upon and sometimes downright illegal.

·     Check out and understand what common online threats look like, and how they operate. Common ones include pharming (cyber-attacks which take you to a fake website) spam (those incredibly annoying emails where long lost rellies from Libya get in touch to say you’ve been left a million bucks. All you need to do to claim is carefully fill out your bank details…) phishing (when the mongrels try to fraudulently get your credit card details) hacking (skilled computer peeps with criminal minds) and malware (software designed to corrupt your computer, often hidden in inconspicuous emails).

·     Change your passwords regularly or use a password manager. At Pointer, we use LastPass which safely stores your passwords so remote staff can access, without any chance of a security breach. Another handy idea is to set a password before your computer allows downloads!  

Pick up top tips about compliance and more juicy, remote working information with our fabulous Remote Work e-course for professionals. This e-course delves into how to get the most out of working from afar and sets you up for success from your home office.

Work your way!

Jo Palmer, founder of Pointer Remote Roles

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