Are You Sure You’re Secure? 7 Tips to Check Your Work-From-Home Cyber Security

Are You Sure You’re Secure? 7 Tips to Check Your Work-From-Home Cyber Security

In this “Flatten The Curve” blog series, we’ve told you about our 8 Tips for Working From Home and in our latest blog, we discussed preparing your work-from-home workspace with 5 easy tips. One of the tips on that blog was a suggestion to keep your network clean, and we want to make sure you know more of the top 7 aspects of making sure you are continuing to do business securely!

 

1. Ensure Your WiFi Connection Is Secure

Most Wi-Fi is secure by default, but if you have an older system, then it might not be, which means anyone in your neighborhood or apartment complex can see what you’re up to! Make sure your connection is secure before doing business. And by all means, avoid public Wi-Fi. If you have to work away from your home network, use a personal hotspot or some other method to encrypt your web connection.

 

2. Check That Security Software Is Up To Date

Take a look at your anti-virus and check: Is it even installed? Is it actively functioning? Is it fully updated? In addition, take a look at your browsers and make sure that privacy tools and add-ons are working properly as well.

 

3. Have A Backup Strategy And Plan

Backup all your important files and customer data systematically. If your company were to be the victims of a cyber attack, all data could be lost without a backup. Because of this, you need to create a plan to backup – don’t just assume that you’ll remember to backup those files: schedule the backup on your calendar so you won’t forget!

 

4. Secure Your Device

Even if it’s just your kids running around your house, lock your screen if you work in a space where others can access your device. Set an automatic timeout in case you are called away from your desk and don’t have a chance to lock your screen.

 

5. Create a Robust Passphrase

A strong password can be one of your best allies in work-from-home cyber security. Using a robust password makes it much more difficult for a hacker to get into your company’s system. They must be over eight characters long and use both upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols. The longer… the better. Best practice is to make passwords up to 64 characters.

 

6. Utilize Two-Factor Authentication

Most companies have already implemented two-factor authentication (i.e. when users must confirm their identity with a code sent to their mobile device after having used their username and password), but if your company doesn’t already, now is the time to get on board! Two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication makes it extra difficult for an attacker to access company data.

 

7. Update Employee Information Security Policies

Since many of your employees are now using personal devices to communicate and work, updating your information security policies can help protect you against their violations. Help employees be aware that they cannot use their personal email for company purposes, sync client information to a personal cloud account, use social media to discuss the company’s business, etc.

 

And there you have it! 7 quick fixes to your work-from-home cyber security that could save your team a lot of heartache in the long run! Please feel free to reach out to us and we can help you and your team create a more secure work-from-home experience!

 

Don’t Work Another Minute Without Considering These 5 Work-From-Home Tips

Don’t Work Another Minute Without Considering These 5 Work-From-Home Tips

A Necessity for Productivity

In the first blog in our “Flatten The Curve” series, we told you about our 8 Tips for Working From Home, and right now I’d like to point out your attention to tip #7: Prep Your Workspace. It probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

You’re thinking, “Okay, I need a computer, a chair, a decent background for video calls, and my phone. Done!”

There really is more to it than that. According to Libby Sander at the Harvard Business Review, a study found that “when participants cleared clutter from their work environment, they were better able to focus and process information, and their productivity increased”.

Clearing and preparing your work-from-home workspace is necessary for your productivity.

Here are some specific things to pay attention to when you are getting your work-from-home workspace ready for the day.

1. Prep Your Workspace

Just like we mentioned in our previous blog, take a few moments to clean up the area of any extra stuff from the day before, make sure you have the tools you need to get your work done (phone, chargers, pen, paper, etc.), and check to make sure your internet is working.

2. Arrange Non-Desk Workspace Areas

There are a lot of people who are working from kitchen tables and dining tables. These are great spaces to work on because they offer you a lot of space to spread out, but the downside is that you are having to share the area with mealtimes. Take a moment before your day starts and move the napkin holder and the placemats. That jelly jar is just going to end up getting your documents sticky, so set it aside as well.

3. Give Surrounding Areas A Quick Pick-Up

If you are working in your kitchen area or your bedroom, take a few moments to clean up the areas around your workspace. Sander also pointed out in her article that “cluttered spaces can have negative effects on our stress and anxiety levels, as well as our ability to focus”.

When you glance up from your computer to have a moment of creative thought, if you see a heap of dirty laundry on the floor or a pile of unwashed dishes, that creativity is going to fly away as you focus on all the at-home chores you still need to do.

4. Check Your Video Conferencing View

Pull up the webcam on your computer and make sure that the view others will see is professional and clear. No one wants to discuss a pressing issue with the sight of an unmade bed behind you! If your video conferencing tool has a feature which allows for alternate background images, then try that.

5. Keep Your Network Clean

Remember, you are now on your home network – it is not nearly as secure as the network you are on at work. Think about what you are sending out and make sure you are not clicking on something that could create problems (viruses, trojan horses, etc.). Take some time to make sure your computer is set up with security protocols.

Please feel free to reach out to us and we can help you and your team find a perfect balance between traditional and work from home experiences!

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