This is a guest post by Anna Hicks.
A few weeks ago, we talked about how -- in today’s internship and entry level world -- it is common for employees to have to share everything in a workspace. Shared space set-ups and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environments can have their perks, but they can also come with some inherent risks. It is important that you take the proper steps to protect yourself (and your devices)!
1. Make Sure the Cloud is Secure. When you work in a BYOD environment that means that you’ll most likely work via The Cloud. When installed properly, Cloud servers are pretty secure -- but that doesn’t mean that you are safe from all of the threats. For instance, while the Cloud itself might be secure against hackers, the files you’ve stored on it could be vulnerable. CIO has a great article that outlines the things that you should do if you want to make sure your work stays safe and away from prying eyes while it lives on the Cloud.
2. Protect Your Device. Cloud and BYOD environments make your devices very susceptible to threats. Even if The Cloud servers are secure, your computer is going to be networked with dozens of others. Are you positive that everybody else’s devices are malware free? Install top-notch malware detection and thwarting software on all of your devices. This is especially important for devices running Android software. Because of its open-sourced nature, Android devices are particularly vulnerable to malware and attacks; yes, even phones. The good news is that Android security for smart phones and other mobile devices has gotten a lot stronger in the last few years.
3. Physical Protection. Here’s the thing: internships are competitive by nature. It’s easy, though, to forget about the prying eyes and competitive spirit when you’ve had three cups of coffee but have yet to take a bathroom break. Make sure your device has tracking software installed on it. Set up your system so that you can quickly “log out” of the device when you need to step away from it for a few moments. Password protect your startup screen. Yes, it probably feels paranoid but remember:
better safe than sorry!
Keeping yourself and your stuff safe when you work in an open layout and highly competitive environment is important. There is no such thing as being too careful.