Working from home ? Here are 12 cyber-security tips to keep you cyber-safe

 

For many of us, working from home is now the norm.

But let’s not discard cyber-security, so that we don’t have to worry about digital chaos on top of the already challenging situation. Here are 12 tips to digitally protect yourself and your information during these challenging times. Need someone to talk to ? We are here for you !

Endpoints

  1. Install a good (not just free) anti-virus on all devices – laptops, desktops and mobile phones. Keep the anti-virus updated.

  2. Ensure that each device has the necessary updates, such as operating system updates (iOS, MacOS Windows or Android) and software updates.

  3. Use effective access controls (such as multi-factor authentication and strong passwords) and, where available, encryption to restrict access to the device, and to reduce the risk of a data leak if a device is stolen or misplaced.

  4. Make sure your devices are turned off, locked, or stored carefully when not in use.

  5. When a device is lost or stolen, you should take immediate steps to ensure a remote memory wipe, where possible.

 

Cloud and Network Access

 

  1. Where possible, only use your organization’s trusted networks or cloud services, and complying with any organizational rules and procedures about the cloud or network access, login and, data sharing.

  2. Do not connect to any public, unknown or unchecked networks. Connect to mobile networks if you have no access to a safe Wi-Fi;

  3. Install and use a VPN. Remote access software (like TeamViewer or Anydesk) can be problematic and should be used very carefully only when absolute necessity.

  4. If you are working without a cloud or network access, ensure any locally stored data is adequately backed up securely using software like Acronis.

 

Emails

  1. Use work email accounts rather than personal ones for work-related emails involving personal or commercially sensitive data.

  2. As you may be sending messages to personal emails, ensure you are sending them to the correct recipient, particularly when sending emails involving personal data.

  3. Encrypt sensitive data in emails or use software like “Sendsafely” as a secure alternative.

 

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