Top 10 tips for secure remote working, it’s time you work securely at home.
Top 10 tips for you to work securely from home
This post is for those forced into home working by the coronavirus pandemic. It is for those that are using home PC’s to access business networks and so may be adding a security risk to the business. Its for those that want to work securely from home.
Keep your devices up to date
All your devices should prompt you when they need an update.
Using our remote control software. Devices under our service agreements are kept up to date with critical Windows Updates that we have tested and approved.
Home devices may be a lot further behind and it is important to stay up to date to protect your home PC and your business network.
Secure your accounts with strong passwords
Make sure that all your devices are password protected.
We recommend using a password manager. For business we recommend a corporate password manager
- Use strong passwords
- Secure smartphones and tablets with screen lock
- Set up two-factor authentication on your online accounts
Use approved software and collaboration tools
Before downloading any software or tools for work purposes, check that they are approved by your organisation.
Protect against viruses
Make sure you are running a licensed and updating anti-virus on your PC
We recommend Webroot Secure Anywhere
Switch on your firewall
Windows comes with an in-built software firewall. Make sure you have it turned on.
These last 5 are critical to protecting your information
Back up important data
Make sure that important files are backed up in case something happens to your computer.
If your business has provided you with cloud storage, use this. If you are accessing work documents over a VPN then keep the files on the file shares you are accessing as these are backed up.
Do not back up your organisation’s data to your personal devices, as a result, this could lead to a data breach.
Set up a separate account
Create a separate windows account for your work to separate business information from your family’s.
We recommend removing administrator rights from your standard user account. Use a separate password protected user for administrator rights.
Doing this helps to reduce the threat from viruses and helps you control who can install applications on your devices.
Protect your Wi-Fi
Protect your Wi-Fi using WPA2 encryption with a unique password, otherwise anyone can enter.
Watch out for phishing emails
Phishing is on the rise. In conclusion, hackers are using the stress and increased workload of key people in the business, directors and finance personnel to commit fraud.
Use our Baseline Home Security Service
Support Tree are now offering a baseline security service for home PCs.
The package includes:
- Full patch management
- Full corporate Anti-virus
- Internet security filtering
Want more information on our Baseline Home Security Service?
Or head over to our Contact Page, work securely at home and protect your business.