How to securely work from home?

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, countries have laid down restrictions that affect the way people live their day-to-day life. In the future, this is expected to set new trends and might change our routines, such as work remotely or from home on a regular basis. It sounds simple and it eliminates the pain from driving down to the office every day, saves fuel, time and gives you additional time to spend with family. However, it comes with its own set to challenges, especially from the security front.

Securely working from home

Usually, office environments are well protected both in terms of physical security and data protection. When it comes to working from home there are certain challenges, especially in securing data. If there is lack in the security front, it might cause reputation issues for the organization and the employee might have to face severe consequences as well. Therefore, we need to have strong set of guidelines, policies, and procedures to stay protected while working from home.

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Listed below are some of the measures for securely work from home

VPN: Make sure you are always connected to your office VPN network while working. This will encrypt the data being transmitted and received.

Anti-Malware: Ensure an Anti-Malware software is installed and regularly updated,including the virus definition. Additionally, perform full scan every week for added protection.

Firewall: Most of the operating system provides a firewall, Turn on the firewall for maximum protection.

Up-to-date: Keep your operating system, browsers, third-party applications, and router firmware up-to-date. Watch out for the vendor websites to know more about the availability of latest updates.

Wi-Fi: Turn on encryption  for your Wi-Fi network by enabling the protocol (WPA2 stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 ) and  setup a complex password. This will protect your home Wi-Fi network from intruders.

Password: Use a complex password for user accounts of home router, home Wi-Fi connections, corporate email account, and Active Directory account.

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Encrypt: Ensure your Laptop or Desktop is encrypted with native encryption by the operating system or any third-party encryption software.

Lock: Always lock your computer when you move away from it.

Phishing: Don’t click any links sent by unknown senders, either in your email or chat application. This could lead to a phishing attack and it will compromise important data.

Backup: Back up  important data regularly both in local and cloud storage. This will be useful if you lose your locally stored data.

Removal storage: If removal storage is allowed in your laptop or desktop, be careful while using the removable media devices. Usually the removal media devices, such as USB drive, may contain viruses.

Two-factor authentication: Turn on two-factor authentication if the service provider offers it. This will make the user accounts more secure.

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