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Working From Home Cyber Safety

Working remotely or working from home has become a new norm for many people. The shift from traditional work environments has long been changing, but for many people. It’s an unexpected change. When working from home, it’s important to be aware of cybersecurity threats. Bad actors and criminals are looking for ways to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Here are some ways to help stay safe when you are working from home.

Keep Your Computer Up to Date

One of the easiest things you can do to help stay cyber-safe is to keep your computer up to date. Don’t ignore those notifications for software updates. These updates contain measures that help to combat cyber threats. You should also keep applications on your computer up to date, and hopefully, your IT administrator is keeping the networks updated as well. Doing so can mitigate some risk.

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Review Your Company’s Policies

Many companies will have existing policies around cybersecurity and best practices. Following these guidelines is critical as these are some easy ways to stay safe!

Use a VPN

Make sure that the network you are using is secure. Often times, your company will set up a VPN, virtual private network. By connecting via a VPN. This will encrypt your data and prevent unwanted attacks on your data. There are also personal VPNs available if your company does not provide one.

Update Your Passwords

If you have not recently updated your passwords, now is a great time to do so. Use a variety of letters, capitalizations, numbers, and special characters. By using a strong password can help deter hackers from gaining access to your accounts. Another great option is to use a password manager to generate and store your passwords.

Enable Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor, or two-step, authentication adds an additional layer of protection on top of your password. This Multi-Factor Authentication typically asks you to confirm your identity through an email or password. When working remotely, having this feature can help block bad actors from accessing your network. 

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Watch Out for Bad Links

Only click on links and documents from sources you trust. Oftentimes, phishing scams will use links that may look familiar at first glance but are actually malicious. To avoid this, only click on links from trusted sources. Look for the “HTTPS://” as opposed to “HTTP://” at the beginning of a url. Secure links will have an “S”.

Be Wary of People Asking for Personal Information

Be wary of those asking for personal information, especially if you do not know this person. Sometimes, bad actors will try to get you to reveal your personal information by posing as coworkers or authority figures. If you are suspicious, do not give out your information and take some additional time to research before responding. 

As you work from home, use these tips to stay safe. If you own your own business, check out our cyber safety tips for businesses. Regardless where you are working, protecting yourself and your business is important. Stay safe out there and if you have any questions, Encharter is there for you!

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