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Security Tips to Keep in Mind while Working from Home


Security Tips to Keep in Mind while Working from Home

Keep your data safe by creating a secure workspace, maintaining digital security, and following the same best practices that you would in the office. 

Create a Secure Workplace

Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating your workspace: 

  • Have a clear understanding of the hardware and software required for your job, and know whether or not your organization will be providing those resources
  • Find a comfortable and private space with minimal distractions. This will help with both productivity and security - you don't want anyone taking a peek at your screen. 
  • Keep information safe by putting important documents away, shredding anything that is no longer needed, and by locking your computer when you are not at your desk.

Maintain Digital Security 

  • If you're using your personal computer, make a separate user account with a password specifically for work. Don't let anyone else use this account. 
  • If you're using a computer provided by your organization, only use it for work purposes and never give someone else access.
  • Most routers come with a default username and password that are public knowledge. Ensure your internet connection is secure by changing this to a unique password. 

Maintain Office Best Practices

  • Understand your organization's work-from-home policies. For example, if your organization requires the use of a virtual private network (VPN), you should know how to connect to the VPN and who to contact if you have any questions or complications. 
  • Use a unique, strong password for any website or program that requires a login. Never use the same password twice. Using a password manager application is recommended. 
  • Stay alert and think before you click! Always be skeptical of requests for sensitive information. 

Keeping security a priority while working from home will ensure the safety of yourself, your coworkers, your customers, and your organization as a whole.