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What Are the Cyber Security Risks of Working From Home?

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What are the cyber security risks of working from home? Read on to learn more.

Cyber Security Risks of Working From Home

Cybersecurity threats aren’t just a concern for those employees who work inside the corporate walls, but for those who work from home as well.

So, how do you protect yourself and your family from the dangers of cyber threats? 

Here are some areas to focus on:


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Home Computer Security

Keep your computer and all personal devices up-to-date with the latest security patches. Don’t install any software or updates unless you’re sure they’re legitimate. 

Also, be wary of pop-ups that claim you have a virus or malware on your computer. If you have to download files, only download them from trusted, vetted sources. 

If you have to install software, read reviews and make sure it doesn’t contain any hidden malware.

Always use strong passwords whenever possible. Make sure you change them regularly, especially if you are using the same password across multiple accounts. 

If possible, don’t use the same password for every account. Don’t use public Wi-Fi connections when accessing your bank accounts online. 

Also, never leave devices unprotected in public places where they could be easily stolen or tampered with. Avoid sharing personal information in public places like coffee shops or airports where others could be listening in or watching you type in your passwords. 

Use a VPN when working remotely as well, so that your communications are encrypted and secure while you are working online.

Business Device Security

If your company uses BYOD, make sure you are aware of the risks involved with connecting your personal devices to the corporate network. 

Also, make sure that you know all the security policies in place before using any devices on the network. 

Don’t forget to update your device with the latest security patches and install anti-virus software to protect your device. 

Business Network Security

When working from home, it’s important to keep the business network safe from both cyber attacks and physical attacks. 

Set up firewalls and other security measures that prevent unauthorized access and cyberattacks on the business network. 

If possible, set up two-factor authentication for more security. This requires a username and password as well as a code sent via text message or generated through an app on your phone. 

Ensure that you store sensitive corporate information on a separate hard drive that is not connected to the Internet. 

Make sure to follow proper protocols when disposing of old computers or laptops by wiping them clean of all data first.

Summary

Whether you are working from home or the office, there are certain cyber security tips you should always follow to protect yourself and your company. 

Turn on automatic updates for your devices. So, they are always up-to-date with the latest security patches. Remember to install any software updates only from trusted sources. 

Change passwords often and never share them with anyone else. Make sure that if a device is lost or stolen that a password is required to log in before you wipe all data from it. 

If possible, use a virtual private network (VPN) when working remotely.

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