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Computer Security Tips when Working Remotely from Home

by David Pinto

Update security systems. Demand staff to keep applications up-to-date with the new security updates.

Don't connect to Work and Home Devices. Instruct staff not to connect to their home computers linked to the Internet, such as Bluetooth speakers or smart TVs.

Two-factor or multi-factor authentication can be allowed on both devices and accounts. Multi-factor authentication is an authentication process in which the individual is given access only after the effective submission of two or more pieces of proof to the authentication mechanism. E.g., one standard two-factor authentication technique includes asking users to enter a password sent to them by email, text or phone. It is necessary to provide staff with a guide to the setting up of these methods and to set up a system for verifying that all workers use it.

Remote staff should have access to a VPN service (virtual private network). VPNs provide a stable link over the Internet from one network to another. For example, for remote workers using their home Wi-Fi to access the Internet, it is possible that the network is not as reliable as the one connecting to your business. If any of the workers do not have access to a VPN, we suggest that they do not perform remote work that is sensitive or proprietary.

Switch the Devices off. Advise workers to turn off and unplug company machines while they are not being used.

Alert your workers about potential email scams. Hyperlinks contained in emails or websites can be tempting to click, particularly if they appear to have valuable information about Coronavirus. As described above, there has been a spike in phishing emails using Coronavirus to trick workers into clicking malicious links. It is critical that organisations continue to consult with their workers about the risks of opening email links and attachments without checking the authenticity of the email. Employees will quickly validate an email or domain through verifying the sender's certificate or through hovering over a connection to define the URL. If the email is suspect, staff should be encouraged to label it as such and warn the IT department of the company.

Advise your workers to protect their Internet access at home. Many links to the Internet at home are left free of passwords for ease of access and use. However, these links are spread through several wireless devices found to have security vulnerabilities. If more jobs continue to operate out of their offices, their Internet connections and Internet-connected computers may become the primary targets for cyber criminals. It is necessary for companies to encourage their employees to split their home Wi-Fi networks into separate accounts; keep one stable password for corporate use and one for personal use.


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