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Is your work from home set up secure?

22 Jan 2021
Author: Phoebe

We have all been working from home now for a long time, and many of us have become comfortable in doing so.

Since 2020 we have realised that too many weekly quizzes may drive you up the wall, and that hugging family or friends may (for now) have to be paused. However we are all making the most of our new environment, and actually, studies have shown that people who work from home are up to 47% more productive.

With this in mind though, working from anywhere but your office may come with hidden risks, and we want to make sure that your data is the safest it can be, so here they are… our top 10 tips for working securely from home;

  1. Update passwords regularly
    This is always good advice, passwords are an easy entry for hackers, and if your passwords are not secure or are easy to guess then you are essentially inviting hackers in.
  2. Use 2FA
    Similarly, 2FA gives you an extra layer of security when it comes to logging in, if you can, use 2FA where possible to stop intruders accessing your data or accounts.
  3. Keep an eye on your emails
    Phishing scams are high at the moment, with everyone working from home and the internet being our key method of communication, be careful of what you open and what you believe in emails. If you are unsure of something, no one will angry with you for double checking.
  4. Cloud storage
    Whether you use OneDrive, SharePoint or any other service, cloud storage is a must, as it allows your files to be saved in a secure location, which is also password protected.
  5. Antivirus software
    If your work station isn’t already protected, now is the time to look into why not. When working from home your internet connection could not be as secure as in the office and you may be more susceptible to threats.
  6. Monitoring access to your computer
    While you may trust the people you live with, you cannot control what they access on your computer. And if something is installed or a virus is caught then it is still ultimately your responsibility.
  7. Banking websites
    If you are in a job role where you are in charge of money/ accounts within your company, and you often log into banking pages, make sure to only use trusted websites and links.
  8. Be aware of your surroundings
    WFH could mean working from cafes, or other places than your living room. If you are anywhere other than your office you should be aware of what information can be seen on your screen and who could potentially view it.
  9. Always check for updates
    Updates on your computer help keep it secure. Don’t ignore them, or put them off until next week – these are here to help you and may also help to make your computer run quicker.
  10. Locking your device
    Locking your device is best practice wherever you are. Whether you are at home or in the office, what you do on your computer is no one else’s business but yours. If your computer is stolen or compromised, a locked device is harder to access than an open one.

Why not let us help?

At Nebula, we have a team of experts on hand to help you with any IT needs, no matter where your physical location is.

Call us today on 01454 534009 for more information on getting the most out of your security solutions.

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