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Working From Home Safely

Many workers across the world are transitioning to working remotely. If you or someone you know is getting their work-at-home office and systems set up, here are some tips for protecting your devices and personal information.

  • Start with cybersecurity basics. Keep your security software up to date. Use strong passwords on all of your devices and apps by making sure they are at least 12 characters with a mix of numbers, symbols and capital and lowercase letters.
  • Secure your home network. Start by turning on encryption (WPA2 or WPA3) on your router. Encryption scrambles the information sent over your network so outsiders can’t read it. No WPA3 or WPA2 options on your router? Try updating your router software, then check again to see if WPA2 or WPA3 are available. If not, consider replacing your router.
  • Keep an eye on your laptop. Make sure it’s password-protected, locked and secure. Never leave it unattended.
  • Store sensitive files safely. When there’s a legitimate business need to transfer confidential information from office to home, keep it out of sight and under lock and key.
  • Dispose sensitive data cautiously. Shred paperwork you no longer need especially personal information about you, your customers or your employees.
  • Follow your employer’s security practices. Your home is now an extension of your office. So be sure to follow all of the protocols that your employer has implemented.

Be sure to use these precautionary measures to help keep your work systems safe.