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How to Stay Secure While Working from Home

As the pandemic continues to rise, more and more people are starting to work from home, resulting in the largest remote workforce in the world. Now that we are all spending more time online, whether it is working or connecting with family and friends, there has been a huge spike in malware and hacking incidents, this includes malware from software downloads and an increase in phishing attempts. It is more important than ever to remain diligent and protect important business and personal data.

We have put together a list of security tips and steps that you need to take to make sure that you can work securely from home and connect online.

Watch out for phishing emails:

There has been an increase in remote working, causing a spike in phishing attacks trying to capitalise on COVID-19. To see whether an email is a phishing attempt answer these questions…

  • Do you know who sent the email?

  • Was you expecting the email?

  • Are there links or attachments?

If it is a phishing attack then you are probably are not expecting the email or know who the sender is. If there are links or attachments in the email then DO NOT click on them until you can verify that the email is legitimate.

Make sure that any software downloads are vetted

Whether you are working on a laptop or corporate device, you can check whether the software that has been downloaded through an appropriate security channel. It is vital remain cautious when downloading applications from the internet to avoid malware, viruses or insecure protocols.

Make sure all devices are updated with the latest software

You need to make sure all devices like your computer, mobile, tablet or router is updated with the latest software to prevent other people tapping into your wireless network and monitor your traffic. Make sure your wi-fi network and routers have a strong password and remember to change the default password if you haven’t already.

Turn on multi factor authentication

To reduce the impact of phishing attacks, which can steal your user credentials, make sure multifactor authentication is on. A lot of accounts will let this you do this to make it harder for hackers to access the account.

Do not share your device with other household members

They could accidentally delete important files or download a virus. Make sure you don’t allow them to access personal or company data to avoid any mistakes.

Share passwords through an encrypted service

You may need to share passwords with friends, family, co-workers, business partners or others. You can do this securely through an encrypted service.

If you need any help with the tips above, get in touch with our team today!

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