Although hacks are now increasingly common in universities, for example, and this is also discussed in the media, it can also happen close to home: at the domestic worker. According to Meijer, risks were not always overlooked: “The eyes were mainly focused on jobs. The ability to continue working normally as quickly as possible, but then in a new environment.”
The risks involved can come from unexpected directions. Meijer: “The familiar office settings have been replaced by a home situation. Where, for example, children were also playing games. There are easy openings so people can suddenly access your work files.”
Help from the employer
Working from home has become the new normal. What can home workers do to protect themselves? “You can go very far with that,” Meijer says. “Nowadays you can configure a lot and everything very well. For example, you can create different networks on a router. Then you can use a separate network for your business and another for private purposes.” According to him, you do not have to do this on your own, the employer can help the home worker with this. “We believe that if you want to create your own network for your business, your employer should facilitate this. They can help you with that.”
Are there things within the company that the domestic worker works on that can be done? “That’s a very good question. What are the basic needs? It’s a little different for many companies,” says Meijer. “But there are a lot of people who know how to protect themselves, but there are also a lot of people who don’t know. People who don’t know should get knowledge. Go educate yourself, for example.