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Self-Isolation: 6 Ways to Work From Home Securely

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With everyone working from home at the moment, cyber criminals are targeting consumers more and more. Why? They know we have much less robust security protection at home than we do at work.

As such, here is a quick run down of the simple things you can do to ensure you are working from home securely and don't fall victim to these horrible scams doing the rounds at the moment.

1. Anti-Virus Software

You must have AV software on all your devices. There has been a huge uptick in computer viruses and 'worms' being propagated by cyber criminals. Go to the Anti-Virus task on your Basic Protection Checklist here to get it in place for all devices (except iOS).

2. Use Secure Video Conferencing

Most of us won't need the full bells and whistles secure video conferencing solutions, but if you're having confidential HR discussions, commercially sensitive negotiations, etc. you'll want to ensure that people aren't listening in or able to interrupt your call (which has been happening in recent weeks, especially for Zoom!).

If you're using Zoom...Configure the Settings. For day-to-day (non-sensitive) chats then adjusting the settings might be the simplest fix.

  • Turn on end-to-end encryption in the settings
  • Set a meeting password (might now be set to do so by default as Zoom yesterday updated their policy on this)
  • Meetings are private (not public)
  • Turn off any participants able to share their screen

If you don't want to use Zoom (quite understandable!), try Signal, WhatsApp, FaceTime or Microsoft Teams. They're good secure alternatives to Zoom.

3. Update Home WiFi Password

You've likely never changed your home wifi router password...well many come out of the factor insecure and we need to update them to be more secure. After all, your WiFi router acts as the protection umbrella for everything internet connected in your home!

Go to the Home WiFi Setup task on your Basic Protection Checklist here to learn how to do this.

4. Not at Home? Use a VPN.

Due to the quarantine rules and fact that most shops are shut, everyone should be at home but if you're not, ensure you're using a VPN to connect to public WiFi. If you're sending sensitive work emails or documents across the internet you're going to want to ensure they are securely sent and this is what a VPN is for. It basically takes an insecure connection and encrypts it, making it secure for you 🙂

Checkout how to use one here.

5. Become an Expert Phishing Email Detective

As you may have seen in our other posts, fake email and text message scams have gone through the roof! Learn the two key steps to identify a fake email. Ensure your whole family knows how to spot a fake email or text message.

Learn how to here.

Want to test your newly acquired phishing spotting skills? Go to this website to take the test!

6. Update Your Software 

Take this opportunity to update your operating system. Go to Settings on your chosen device and ensure your software is up to date. This is one of the best ways to keep your devices safe and secure.

Having Trouble Doing Any of the Above?

Our experts are here to help you - drop a question into the forum here and we'll ensure we help get you going 🙂

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