Remote Working: Security 101
Updated: Aug 25, 2022
To ensure business continuity, more employees than ever before are working remotely. By now, most remote employees have what they need to set up at home; laptop/computer, mouse, keyboard, headset, and more video conferencing than you ever thought you’d do. But what about that next step in remote work? Do you know how to ensure your work files are secure and you're not vulnerable to cyber criminals? Powernet can help!
Below you will find helpful tips to ensure your data remains secure when logging in from home:
Unknown Senders: Be cautious with any emails or files shared, attachment or links that you aren’t sure who they are from. Spelling errors in website links is a red flag, so if it looks like a regular site you visit, just do your due diligence to double check the spelling.
Secure Access: Make sure not only your home Wi-Fi connection has a strong password, but your laptop or computer is password protected. If your company has an encrypted VPN option, ensure you are 100% using this when working.
Password Protect: When creating video conferencing meetings, it is essential password protect these meetings. Cybercriminals can gain access to some video conferencing platforms and obtain personal information, share their screen, and more. Ensure this doesn’t happen by requiring a password to join the meeting.
Software Updates: With prolonged work from home periods, make sure you know who is responsible for updating your computer software. Will your IT department do this for you with remote access or is it up to you? This is something you want to know early on when setting up to work from home.
Keep Work Separated: Employees should keep personal browsing on personal devices. Even paying bills, clicking a link for a news story, etc should be accessed only on personal devices, not on work browsers. This helps ensure the security of any work systems or files.
Remote work presents a new type of challenge for your IT department and business, because working from home doesn't have the usual security measures that you’d have at the office. New risks can arise during these times, but if you stay on top of what you can do and stay connected to your IT contact, those risks can be eliminated.
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