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5 Important Cyber Security Tips for Working from Home

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5 Important Cyber Security Tips for Working from Home

  1. Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all logins

Multi-Factor Authentication requires a user to provide two or more methods of identity verification. These could be a password, security code or even biometric authentication such ass fingerprint or iris scan.


The goal of MFA is to create a more difficult process for an unauthorised user to hack. If one factor is compromised, the attacker still needs to bypass another security measure to access your account.


2. Always use a VPN for work related tasks


Using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network is essential when accessing company data and applications. It encrypts all traffic and data being transmitted and hides your IP address. All VPNs are not equal, we strongly recommend moving to an Always-On VPN model.


3. Secure your home wireless network


Always make sure your home wireless network is password protected. Make sure you are not using the default password and have created a strong unique password. You can change your network password by going to your router settings page (example, type “192.168.1.1” in your browser) and entering your current username and password, then changing the password under settings.


We also recommend upgrading your firmware as any updates can include important security patches.


For ultimate home network security, limit access to specific devices via their MAC addresses. If you know the addresses of verified devices, you can add these to your wireless router’s settings so that only those devices can connect to your Wi-Fi network.


4. Be aware of videoconferencing security risks


Zoom and Teams calls have become a daily occurrence for many of us working from home during COVID. The popular platform experienced some cyber security concerns last year. “Zoom bombing” became a concern, where uninvited attendees can view or hijack your business meeting and could therefore leak sensitive business information.


Best practice to prevent any security concerns are ensuring meetings are private by either requiring a password for entry or controlling guest access from a waiting room. Also ensure your video conferencing software is up to date as vendors are releasing security updates regularly.


5. Keep hardware & software updated


Vendors often update the security measurements in applications and hardware as new security threats are uncovered. Make sure that you are always using the latest version of any software applications to prevent any cybersecurity attacks.


Need help with setting up your team to work remotely? Contact us today and we can perform a security audit on your business and make the required updates to your systems.

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