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.