We’re Putting Ourselves at Risk by Being Constantly Online

June 30, 2016

3:42 pm

From the beginning to the end of the day, we’re constantly connected to the digital tools and online accounts that keep our businesses running. This constant connectivity is vital to how businesses operate today, but when it comes down to it – is it truly in our best benefit to encourage this constant digital connection?

OneLogin, a data-holding and sharing company, has conducted research to see how this constant connectivity affects our offline habits, as well. Conducted with the help of 1,022 American respondents, information uncovered found interesting links between the impact of being constantly connected and the productivity of that work.

In the report, it’s found that more than a quarter of employees state that checking work apps are the first things they do after waking up – even more popular than checking social media or news websites.

In addition, security is a growing concern for those who are constantly connected. Alvaro Hoyos, Chief Information Security Officer at OneLogin says:

“Security breaches are a near-daily occurrence in the news. Given that it takes only one compromised account to lead to a breach, these lax security practices are troubling, especially when you consider that they could take place at your bank, at your children’s school, or in your local government. A breach at one location can lead to others, especially with bad password habits like password reuse.”

How can employees better protect themselves to work on-the-go without sacrificing security? Implementing multifactor authentication, which helps to authenticate mobile use; having more concise security measures that all employees can implement independently; and bringing awareness to what habits create more mobile vulnurability.

Constant connectivity is a byproduct of the ways that we remain connected in today’s digital age. But understanding the ways we can continue to protect ourselves, even while engaging on on-the-go connectivity, is a surefire way to remain ahead of the curve, even while digital trends continue to evolve rapidly.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to [email protected] or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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