How to stay safe online starts with good digital hygiene. A single compromised device can result in a threat actor obtaining information that can be used to access other devices or accounts. For example, poor digital hygiene at home means that a compromised device could lead to an attack on business assets. Files may be stolen, re-used passwords cracked, or home email accounts hacked — giving the attacker the information needed to gain access to the victim’s corporate network.
An attack could be as simple as accessing the victim’s corporate email with the same password that is used for personal email. A more complex scheme could involve blackmailing an employee with personal photos or information stolen from a home computer.
Good digital hygiene at home is critical because a lax attitude toward security can carry over into the workplace. Employees who don’t take online security at home risk bringing their relaxed attitude to their workplace, or even forgetting about security best practices.