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Remote work and its security

By Blerim Abedini ISSD-NM

After the Covid-19 pandemic, working at home has become a habit of Internet users. Based on the practice of working on the Internet during the time of the pandemic, in the year period of 2019-2020, several large profits of multinational businesses were concluded, such as Microsoft with an annual raised income of $500 billion, ZOOM with raised income of $50 billion, Shopify with an increased annual income of $100 billion, Netflix with raising $100 billion income, T-mobile in the US with $100 billion raising income, Beijing-based Meituan company with $150 billion raising income from online product sales, PayPal from online transactions with $150 billion raising income, Shanghai-based Pinduoduo corporation with $170 billion income, California-based NVIDIA corporation with $170 billion raising income by selling hardware products, a Facebook corporation with $200 billion raising income as first in this period of time from December 2019-December 2020.

However, securing the network is a big responsibility and a struggle. The Facebook corporation 2019 had nearly 500 million cyberattacks on its users, whose personal information was distributed in approx 160 countries for free access to the Internet. The Facebook corporation today has close to 3 billion users and has 160,000 cyber attacks every day that is usually done by tools of fraudulent messages and links. Punitive measures against the Facebook corporation in 2019 by many states were $5 billion for the low level of security measures against cyber attacks.

However, the Internet costs more than any currency because it has an educational character. The information age helps governments to denounce abuse and undemocratic means by groups with goals against social welfare. The Internet has helped prevent social, climatic, and war incidents as well as in real bilateral and multilateral negotiations.

Internet work continues to become a reality, reducing national and global unemployment. With the benefit of the unique skills required for a job position on the digital platform, the room at home turns into a business office as well as a special space for communication with the administrations of global companies.

To avoid or mitigate potential threats while working remotely, the cybersecurity and antivirus lab Kaspersky has presented 10 security tips for remote work:

1. Use antivirus and internet security programs at home.

2. Keep family members away from work devices.

3. Invest in a sliding webcam cover.

4. Use a VPN.

5. Use a centralized (mobile) storage solution.

6. Provide Wi-Fi in your home.

7. Beware of video conferencing.

8. Keep your passwords strong and secure.

9. Protect your online banking account.

10. Be wary of email scams.

Therefore, the use of the Internet, whether for information, education, or business, is a new form of digital life that requires responsibility for distancing oneself from persons and groups with negative tendencies, as well as dedication to work by using protective measures against possible cyber attacks.

Internet sources:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/15-companies-benefited-most-pandemic-101257486.html

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-data-leak-500-million-users-phone-numbers/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1192850/fines-and-penalties-imposed-on-facebook/

https://www.seccuri.com/blog/security-breaches-of-remote-working

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