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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Kaspersky study: 51% of work-from-home professionals watch adult content on the same devices they use for working from home

05/08/2020 01:01:32 PM

While work-from-home arrangements became more prevalent during the ongoing-yet-unfortunate time of the pandemic, the line between privacy and work-life goes thinner to a blurry extent. This was due to social distancing measures becoming a common thing nowadays and workers have been adjusting to the new kind of professional environment.

In fact, Kaspersky reported that half of those working from home who started to watch more adult content admit they did so on the same devices they use for work-related purposes. 

The cybersecurity brand, through its new How COVID-19 changed the way people work report, stated that 51 percent of workers admitted they have started watching more adult content since working from home, saying they have done so on devices they use for work-related purposes. Nearly a fifth (18%) of workers even do this on devices provided to them by their employers, with 33% admitting to watching adult content on their personal devices that they also use to do their work.

Aside from that, nearly a third (31%) of workers said they are spending more of their time working than they did before. However, 46% said they have increased the amount of time they spend on the personal activity. This particular change may have come about because workers are now not having to commute or travel as much as they were before.

Additionally, 55% of workers say they are reading more news now than they were before they started working from home. While this is understandable because people will want to stay updated with the latest coronavirus developments, 60% of this activity is done on devices that are used for work. This can though potentially lead to malware infections if employees do not pay attention to the resources and websites they visit.

“Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services as they want to. It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity, and security. To achieve this, a company should provide access to services based on the principle of only supplying minimal, necessary privileges, implement a VPN, and use secure and approved corporate systems. These types of software may have certain restrictions that slightly reduce usability, but offer greater assurances in providing security measures,” said Andrey Evdokimov, Chief Information Security Officer at Kaspersky.

To ensure businesses do all they can to keep their employees and corporate data safe, Kaspersky recommends employers follow these measures:

  • Schedule basic security awareness training for your employees. This can be done online and cover essential practices, such as account and password management, email security, endpoint security. Kaspersky and Area9 Lyceum have prepared a free module to help staff work safely from home
  • Ensure devices, software, applications, and services are kept updated with the latest patches
  • Install proven protection software, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud, on all endpoints, including mobile devices, and switch on firewalls. Any solution used should include protection from web threats and email phishing
  • For workers and users at home who have to work from their personal devices, Kaspersky advises:
  • Using a reliable security solution, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud, for comprehensive protection from a wide range of threats.
  • Only downloading educational and entertaining content strictly from trusted sources

Author: slickmaster | © 2020 The SlickMaster's Files

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