Freelancer's Guide to Cyber Security

February 02, 2018

Freelancer's Guide to Cyber Security

According to US Freelance Statistics, 34% of the workforce is comprised of freelance and remote workers. With integrated technology, it has become increasingly easier to work from anywhere and still be able to maintain excellent communicate with clients and companies. Cyber security is extremely important for freelance workers since they are mainly dealing with clients’ and companies’ sensitive data and other sensitive applications. With this being said, it is important for freelancers and remote workers to participate in excellent cyber security practices to maintain their reputation as a professional. Most freelancers work from coffee shops and other unsecure public Wi-Fi spots. Working at these locations can be a refreshing switch up from your house or office, but it also can come with a price. With security breaches at an all-time high, it is important that you focus on keeping your clients’ information secure. Here are some recommendations to keep your information and clients’ information safe.

It is highly recommended to get a VPN. A virtual private network enables users to retrieve your sensitive data while working on a public WI-FI network. A VPN will protect your information including banking information, account passwords, and other personal or work information from all hackers and gives you the ability to truly work safely on any unsecure public network with a worry-free mindset. I would recommend looking into a Keezel to secure your internet connection to protect your online privacy and security. This product will be able to give you peace of mind while connecting to any network. Keezel has the latest and greatest VPN technology to keep your devices safe.

Faraday Laptop Sleeve by Silent Pocket

A Faraday Laptop Sleeve is perfect for the everyday freelancer and the traveling freelancer. The Faraday Laptop Sleeve instantly enhances your security and protects your valuable data on your laptop. The laptop sleeve is made of durable nylon making it perfect for physical and internal protection. This case is perfect for when you want your laptop to be untraceable, undetectable, and unhackable.

Faraday Briefcase by Silent Pocket

For the freelancer looking for a professional business briefcase, it is highly recommended to get the Faraday Briefcase. This sleek and professional all-leather briefcase is designed to secure and protect all your devices in the briefcase. This leather briefcase not only has our patented faraday technology but it also has RFID blocking components as well. This one-of-a-kind briefcase encompasses cyber security like no other! With the Faraday Briefcase, you can effectively block all wireless signal, cellular, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RFID and NFC in all frequencies. The choice to go on or off the grid is now yours. Look sleek and keep your information, credit cards, devices, and keys safe.

It is also important to make sure your devices are up to date on the latest operating systems and that all devices have anti-virus software and firewall software. The latest operating systems helps prevent any threats. It is also vital to run software scans to make sure there are not any current threats to your laptop or computer. It is also a good idea to create strong passwords for all accounts, this will make it harder for hackers to hack into your accounts. It is also good to practice changing your passwords at least every 6 months. Make sure you are backing up all of your data and documents to either a hard drive or on the cloud.

As a freelancer, it is important to keep your information private as well as your clients’ information private. The last thing you would want to happen is to lose business and have a bad reputation because of a data breach and poor cyber security practices. Enjoy the convenience of working anywhere, but be proactive and prevent any threats. Work worry-free!

 

Additional Articles & Resources:

The Need For Greater Focus on the Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Small and Midsize Businesses

Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks

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