As we’ve long known, remote work has a multitude of perks for workers and is great in so many ways. The flexibility this model provides is one of the best advantages, but that same flexibility can’t apply to your security standards and practices. It’s important to follow your organization’s specific policies, but here are a few tips from KnowBe4 to help ensure you stay secure off-site.

 

Secure Your Home Network

 

Router Password

Most routers are shipped with default usernames and passwords. These need to be updated immediately to something strong and unique. Not sure how? Simply look up your model on the internet and you’ll find many how-to articles for router administration.

 

Automatic Updates

Security patches represent a critical element of preventing cyberattacks. If possible, enable automatic updates on your router so it’s always on the latest version of firmware and software.

 

Network Password

Access to your home WiFi should be guarded with a strong, unique password. It’s also a good idea to set up a guest network to segregate visitors from your main network.

 

Use a VPN

A VPN (virtual private network) is software that encrypts your internet connection and prevents others from viewing your internet traffic. Many organizations require the use of a VPN for remote workers.

 

 

Secure Your Home Office

 

Use Strong Passwords

All accounts and devices require strong, unique passwords. Don’t share those passwords with anyone for any reason and don’t reuse old passwords.

 

Lock Your Workstation

Always lock your workstation when not in use or when you’re away from your desk. Ensure no one else in your household can access work-related information or accounts.

 

Separate Work and Personal

Don’t use work devices or accounts for personal reasons. If you have approval to work on a personal device, protect it with antivirus software and stay alert for phishing attacks.

 

Beware of Smart Devices

Make sure voice-controlled smart devices and other digital assistants can’t eavesdrop or access confidential information. Ideally, remove smart devices from your workspace.

 

Always Follow Policy

No matter where you work, remember that organizational policies apply and must be followed at all times. Have questions? Always ask!

 

The benefits of remote or hybrid work are abundant, however, working from home presents additional security challenges for organizations in every industry. Nevertheless, with your help, those challenges can be addressed, and security can be maintained. Reach out to our team for more information on user training and security best practices.