We’ve all been tasked with a new way of working due to the COVID 19 pandemic, and in more instances than not many employees have considered this to be extremely beneficial for many reasons. From saving money on travel expenses to a better work-life balance, many employees have expressed their delight at being able to work from the comfort of their own home. Not to be the bearer of bad news or anything, but with working remotely brings it’s own security risks that businesses may not be accustomed to when working in the office.
We’ve put together 5 tips on what to do when working from home;
- Do not use your personal computer-It may seem convenient to use your own personal computer because you are more used to it or it performs better. However, your computer is probably not safeguarded in the way your work computer is, which can increase security risk and cause loss or disclosure of data.
- Lock your devices-Locking your computer screen is a practice most companies adopted as a rule. Still, there is always that one person that gets into trouble for constantly forgetting to lock their computer when leaving their workstation. When working from home, this rule is even more important and it is the easiest way to keep your data safe. It doesn’t require much on your part, just to keep your work habits in your home office as well.
- Do not leave your devices unattended- If you are working from a remote location and leave your computer unattended, this can create an opportunity for someone to gain access to your smartphone or computer or even steal it, so be extra careful.
- Beware of phishing emails- Check the senders’ email address. Check the URL of the website. Look for poor grammar. Do not open attachments. Do not reply to the phishing email. Send a copy of the mail to the bank or credit card company that allegedly sent it.
- Back up your data-Since you are more vulnerable to cyberattacks when working from home, make sure to back up your data to prevent data loss in case something goes wrong. Your computer can be damaged, the cause can be a human error or you can infect the system with malware.
This is considered simple practice from our end, but is surprising the amount of people that can get into careless habits while working remotely that can lead to security breaches that could have devastating effects for the business in question.
We here at Sync IT see a future that involves a “Hybrid Working Model” consisting of, in most cases working 3 days at home and 2 days in the office. If you are looking at implementing this model in the future, why not let the experts take care of it and ensure that you get a great nights sleep every night knowing that your business is safe even with the majority of your staff working from home.
Remember we are here to not only help you become more secure but to also help you grow as technology grows too.
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