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Workers’ new remote work situations are starting to affect their work-life balance, Kaspersky said. 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 personal activity, likely resulting from reduced commuting and travel time, the company said.
The report also revealed that it has become harder for workers to separate working and personal activity. In addition to those who admit to watching more adult content on corporate-owned devices since working from home, 33% admitting to watching adult content on their personal devices that they also use to do their work, according to Kaspersky.
Additionally, 55% of workers say they are reading more news now than they were before they started working from home. While this is to be expected with people wanting to stay updated with the latest coronavirus developments, 60% of this activity is done on devices that are used for work. This can potentially lead to malware infections if employees are not careful about the websites they visit, Kaspersky said.
Workers are also developing a habit of using their personal services for working purposes–increasing the potential risks of shadow IT, including the disclosure of sensitive information. For instance, 42% of employees use personal email accounts for work-related matters, and 49% said their usage has increased when working from home, according to the report. Thirty-eight percent use personal messengers that have not been approved by their IT departments, with 60% of them doing it more often in their new circumstances.
“Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services as they want to,” said Andrey Evdokimov, CISO at Kaspersky, in a statement. “It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity and security.”
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