A lot of us are just getting back to our offices after spending months working from home. And while working in the office has plenty of perks, online security is not one of them. It is definitely easier to take care of that at home, because you are the one in control. In the work environment, a lot of your online security depends on your workplace policies regarding this topic and you will find that it can be quite difficult to get the management to up their security game and invest in some privacy tools because they benefit from having access to your data and browsing history. But here’s a small list of things you can do to increase your online security.
Get a Privacy Filter
One of the most recent additions to the privacy toolkit is the privacy filter that you can place on your monitor to prevent others from seeing what’s on your screen by making your monitor appear black when looked at from an angle. We all have nosy co-workers or overbearing bosses who continuously try to read what’s on your screen. The Privacy filter takes care of that problem easily, without breaking the bank. This is a relatively cheap investment to make by yourself and it could easily save you a lot of worrying and uncomfortable feelings while at work.
Lock your screens
This should go without saying but whenever you leave your computer unattended, make sure to lock it with a strong password. While you may think that the office is a completely safe environment, that’s not always the case. There’s a lot that could go wrong in the office so staying safe is always a better option. Every time you step away from your work desk, log out from all your accounts and lock your computer screen with a password so no one can take advantage of you and your computer while you are away, even if they want to do it as a joke.
Start using incognito mode
Another step you can take towards increased online security in the office is to start using incognito mode. There is no reason why your work computer should keep all your browsing history or your passwords. Someone could hack into the system or your employer might suddenly decide to invade your privacy and check on your internet activity, which by the way, they would be able to do. So to protect yourself from that kind of intrusion of privacy, don’t save passwords on your work computer and try to stay anonymous online when working from the office.
Better position your desk
We know that not every company or every office room is going to allow for some readjustments, but if you can do it, make sure that your screen faces the wall so that no one can intrude from behind. If you don’t want to buy a privacy filter, then just turn your table to a position where the screen faces the wall. Also if possible, make sure that your screen does not reflect in the window, if your office has any. This way you will be most protected from snoopers and intruders in the office.
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