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Cybersecurity in the New Workspace

The workplace is a common site of hostilities, with approximately 2 million Americans falling victim to workplace violence each year. The presence of firearms is not always the answer as it can escalate situations far more than they would have needed to be.

The challenge of this new trend is that there is often a significant difference between the level and effectiveness of online security software and practices between the corporate IT team and the offsite users.

The simple act of connecting to the internet exposes Users to hackers and thieves looking to steal your personal information, your web browsing history, and any payment data you may have left unprotected online.

Two Choices for Protection

Private browsing is available as an option on most web browsers and is usually accessed as an option on the File menu. Some examples include Incognito mode on Google Chrome, Private Browsing on Firefox and Safari, and InPrivate Browsing on Microsoft Edge.

Private browsing usually means that the browser is not saving or storing your search history nor accepting cookies from websites you visit. This does not mean that the information is not cataloged by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Private browsing will NOT protect you from viruses, malware, or hacking attempts. That is an urban myth.

You can also protect your search and internet browsing and history data with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN encrypts your internet traffic and your identity online, making it harder for someone to steal your data. While your ISP may seem trustworthy, they could be handing your browsing history over to advertisers, the police, the government, and others.

Your ISP is also open to breaches: if they get hacked, your personal and private data could be compromised.

A VPN masks your IP address by redirecting it through a specially configured remote server run by the VPN host. This makes your data look like gibberish to anyone who may be monitoring your online traffic.

Also, when you browse online using a VPN, the VPN server becomes the origin of your data. This makes it impossible for your ISP or anyone else to see what websites you are visiting or what information you are entering. The VPN keeps your IP address hidden from your ISP and other third parties. This allows you to send and receive information online without the risk of any unauthorized monitoring.

For more than 40 years, Teachout Security Solutions has been protecting Michiganders. Our highly trained security professionals understand the security challenges today’s business owners face. When you have security concerns, call Teachout Security Solutions at (800) 747-0755 or email info@teachoutsecurity.com to schedule an analysis and recommendations.

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