Essential Cyber Considerations for Working From Home

As we have now entered an age where hybrid remote working styles have become the new norm, we are more vulnerable than ever to cyber criminals and attacks. The combination of home and office work sharing is something that can allow for multiple mistakes in our cyber hygiene, and therefore it is important to keep on top of this to protect not only your business’ security, but also your own personal privacy. Here are some cyber considerations that you should implement to your everyday remote working environment to enhance your cyber hygiene.  

Secure your environment  

Try to designate a room as your home office, lock the door if you can. Ensure private conversations remain private by turning off Alexa and Google Assistant. Maintain a clean desk policy throughout the week. Make sure that all paper copies of sensitive information are stored out of sight and secure when not in se. If possible, dispose/ shred documents when no longer needed. 

Lock your screens 

When your device I not in use be sure to lock screens and shut down devices when the working day is over. Never leave laptops in plain sight unattended.  

Set strong passwords 

Secure your work device with strong passwords, consider using a password manager to ensure the utmost protection of all your accounts/ devices.  

Keep work and home devices separate 

Don’t use work devices to download personal apps or conferencing tools without IT approval. Be sure to stay disciplined when using personal devices as well as work devices for personal internet browsing. 

Be aware of phishing attacks 

Hackers take advantage of media-intense events, like COVID-19, by targeting people’s fears. Watch out for any suspicious emails in your inbox. 

Look out for emails that: 

  • Start with a generic greeting like “Dear Colleague” 
  • Have poor grammar or spelling mistakes 
  • Solicit personal or financial details 
  • Offer scarce items 
  • Demand action with a threat or time imperative 
  • Ask for charitable donations via unusual/ untrustworthy channels. 

What to do if you click on a suspicious link? 

Don’t panic and follow these steps: 

  • Open your anti-virus software and run a full scan. Carefully follow any instructions given. 
  • Contact your IT department to talk you through what you need to do next. 
  • Change your password immediately if you were tricked into providing your password.