Top Tips for Cyber-Security as We Return to Working from Home
With the UK Government’s advice now returning to working from home wherever possible, it’s essential to ensure your remote set up is cyber-secure. Local experts, Like Computing, have put together their top tips to enable you and your team members to make sure that you are still maintaining a secure working environment, wherever that may be.
- Securing your WIFI Network (the first and arguably most important step)
- Change your default password on your router. If you are unsure how to do this, simply ask Google, ‘how to change my router password’ and add in the name of your internet provider.
- Change the default password on your Wi-Fi. If you are unsure, use the same instructions as above.
- Change your SSID. You can find a set of instructions on how to do this online but if you are really stuck, you can give one of our technical team a call to guide you through it.
- Remember to ensure that all the above three changes are not traceable back to your home or work. Create random and secure passwords - not your dog’s name or the year your first born arrived.
- Configure your wireless network to use the strongest form of encryption. Most wireless access points (APs) come with the ability to enable one of three wireless encryption standards: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2. WPA2 is the best encryption standard and how you should set your home internet. If this isn’t available, revert to WPA as the next best option. Again you can ask Google the directions for this, based on your router and internet provider.
- Secure the devices that operate on your network
- Think carefully about what is connected to the internet. At first you may just consider your phone or laptop but think again! Your TV, baby monitors, security cameras, iPads, kids’ tablets etc. can all require a wireless connection. Make sure that these devices are using strong and unique passwords. You may want to consider using a secure password manager to do this, such as LastPass.
- Enable auto-updates on your devices, or set aside time to regularly check for updates. Bugs in old versions of your applications or software are often your biggest security risk and a hacker’s access to your device and information.
- Check that your firewalls and anti-virus software are active and up to date across all your devices too!
- Regularly make back-ups of your information
Without your trusty IT team on hand, you don’t want to lose hours of vital work. It is likely that you are working on remote systems that are still being backed up by your IT provider or cloud host but make sure this is the case, as you do not want to be caught out. If in any doubt, make use of cloud storage or a hard drive.
- Remember to use common sense
When we are at home, it is far easier to be caught off guard. Perhaps an email comes through that looks like it’s from a colleague with some work for you? Would they usually email you with this kind of attachment? Be extra vigilant with the emails you open and the links you click. Now is the time when hackers will ramp up their efforts as you become more vulnerable.
As a Lancaster based Cyber-Essentials Verified Partner, Like Computing offers a range of solutions that can protect your business, so that you can focus on business growth. If you have any concerns about your team’s online security, you can contact Like Computing on 01524 813 003.