Tips to Keep Your Home Office Secure



Tips to Keep Your Home Office Secure

Cybercriminals aren’t just targeting people while they shop this year – they’re also trying to steal your information and your employer’s data while you work from home. Here are some tips to keep your home office secure.

Secure your home router.
Your Wi-Fi router is the most important security item in your home, protecting all the personal information that goes through your phone, tablet and work laptop. It doesn’t matter if your router is compromised by an experience hacker or your nosy next door neighbor – a compromise is a compromise. Make sure you’ve changed your router’s password from the original one selected by your internet provider and change it regularly. You might also set up your router to broadcast a guest network, so you can keep your kids off your work Wi-Fi.

Don’t forget about physical security.
Yes, cybercriminals are on the hunt, but so are good ol’ fashioned criminals who steal laptops and other equipment from your home or car. Thieves are even stealing laptops and other work equipment from unsuspecting employees working outside on their back porches. Don’t let down your guard just because you’re not in the office. Keep your equipment secure and safeguard sensitive information even at home.

Enable automatic locking.
If you walk away from your device, even at home, you should lock it. Set a reasonable amount of time for your device to be inactive before locking. Experts advise 30 seconds for mobile devices and 5 minutes for laptops.

Keep your devices separate.
It’s hard to maintain that line between work and home when it all happens in the same location, but resist the urge to shop or pay bills while using your work equipment. Likewise, don’t log into your work system from your personal device.

Update your software and operating systems.
Old, unsupported versions of software don’t receive updates and patches, which put your devices at risk. And don’t keep ignore alerts to install updates.

Take caution with email. Phishing emails are attacking businesses this year, because it’s more difficult to verify if an email actually came from inside of an organization if nobody can walk down the hall and ask. Beware of any email from someone you don’t know – and even from someone you do know – unexpectedly asking you to click on a link or download a file.

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