In this COVID 19 pandemic, work from home has become the new norm for the country’s IT workforce. Some might find work from home convenient and comfortable but the responsibility of employees increases as they now have to follow more discipline and learn new work etiquette. One silly mistake of yours can leave your organisation or at least your team in jeopardy, especially because everyone is working from home and damage control has become tough. Given below are a few technical mistakes that work from home employees must avoid.
1. Using insecure internet connection
Hackers are now targeting home networks and you might have critical information that must not be leaked at any cost. This should be your first priority to work on a secure network. If you can arrange for a VPN, that is the best; otherwise try to install a firewall or use good antivirus software with firewall to avoid any potential cyber attack while you are working from home.
2. Saving official work on personal Google Drive or email accounts
There is a saying, “keep your work away from home”. Well, that doesn’t set completely true in the current scenario but at least do not save your official work on your personal Google Drive or email account. This can accidentally leak the data and lead to dangerous consequences in future.
3. Surfing the internet for personal stuff on the same browser you use for work
It is important that you use another browser or private browsing mode for personal internet surfing. The IT team in most organisations keeps tab on the information relieved and received from an official system. This may create embarrassing situations for you.
4. Keeping personal data on office laptop
For the same good reason stated above, it is highly advisable that you do not store your personal stuff on a work computer. Additionally, there are chances that you need to submit that laptop to the IT department and get a new one any day you join the office. If utmost necessary, then keep your personal data in a separate folder and mark it with personal stuff tag.
5. Keeping your computer unattended and unlocked
If you have kids at home, you would not want your kids to send random emails or turning on a video chat or typing garbage in a presentation you have been working for hours, This could be the biggest mistake of your life to keep your work computer unattended and unlocked.
6. Sharing office laptop with other family members
Be it your spouse, your sibling, you kid, or other family member, do not share your office laptop with anyone for whatever reason. There are important files and stuff that should be discrete to you only and the traces of the other persons work can get your system compromised. In most cases, you can get penalised for this when you are back in the office.
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