We may not have been able to go to school or work during the quarantine period, but that did not stop us from learning new things.
In fact, quarantine was the occasion for us to become acquainted with remote work, remote education, remote conferences - and even remote entertainment! According to ESET, the global cybersecurity company, these are the five most important lessons that quarantine has taught us.
1. The right tools make our lives easier
Experience from quarantine life has shown that the right tools are the key to success, whether it be the simple repairs we made ourselves at home, the remote work or the baking of bread. The same goes for cybersecurity - especially when it comes to the safety of our children online. With the increase of content available on the internet, monitoring new cyber threats has become more and more difficult when we also have to control how our children use technology during quarantine. Installing a reliable security software on their devices can significantly help reduce this headache and make parents' lives easier.
2. The time we spend in front of the screen is not necessarily bad
The quarantine highlighted a number of old and new online resources that offer entertainment as well as education. Content from organizations such as the National Theater of M. Britain, the Royal Academy in London and Rosetta Stone have opened new horizons for children and adults. The time in front of the screen now includes much more than we were used to. However, along with these new features, the risk of phishing has increased, a risk that we can mitigate as long as we always look for content on reliable websites and verifiable links.
3. Password managers are the future
It is quite easy to manage strong passwords for different accounts when they are stored on your computer. But moving to remote work meant for many of us a simultaneous change of devices that certainly did not have passwords stored. A password manager, then, can solve this problem, precisely because it helps users keep complex and powerful passwords available for use on all devices.
4. Personal devices also need protection
Many of us started working from home all of a sudden and without the equipment we were used to. This means that we may have had to work from personal rather than professional devices, which often do not have strong protection. Many of us have worked a lot on personal mobile devices, so the need to protect these devices has become more urgent than ever. For this, install security software such as ESET Mobile Security and the application of methods that ensure the hygiene and safety of devices in cyberspace (cyber hygiene), contribute significantly to the protection of our personal devices.
5. We are all together in this
Or not just because you can dance to the dance that is so popular on TikTok. Much of what we have done in recent months, from spontaneous applause for health care workers to shopping for our elderly neighbors, has its roots in camaraderie and teamwork. As long as we all take on our own role and contribute individually, then the results can be amazing and cybersecurity is no different. The little things we do help everyone to be safer and allow everyone to enjoy the internet more.
If we can remember these lessons as the restraint measures relax, then the internet life we return to may ultimately be even better than the one we left behind.