Cybersecurity: Home and Office Edition

October 14, 2020


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During these times, some of us are still working from home while others have shifted back to

working in the office. Regardless of where you’re working from, to celebrate National Cyber

Security Month, we want to shed some light on ways that you can stay safe while working

online.

From Home

  • Always use the programs approved by your employer. By and large, companies are finding it more and more of a necessity to have pre-approved hardware and software.
  • Check with your company to see which programs you should be using for all work-related activities on your devices.
  • Make sure you’re up to date on your protective services. If you don’t have anti-malware protective scanning services downloaded to your computer already, we would recommend doing that ASAP. Additionally, make sure you always update your software as soon as possible to ensure you have all of the security benefits of the updates.
  • Keep your VPN turned on at all times. Another tool we highly recommend utilizing to increase your security is a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN is a tool that helps encrypt data that can help protect communications between you and your employer.

In the Office

  • Have a strong password. Having a strong password and multi-step authentication (when available) is always important, especially when working on shared devices. Make sure you use a good password including uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers and change your passwords regularly.
  • Never leave your computer unlocked and unattended. Depending on your work environment, you might find this one more or less of a problem. As a general rule of thumb, always lock your computer when getting up to do another task. This ensures your data stays safe, secure, and accessible only to you.
  • Set your software to automatically update. It is always ideal to be on top of your game when it comes to updating your software. If you’re returning to the office, make sure you double-check for any software updates you might have missed. Going forward, set your computer to automatically update when new software is available to make update management a breeze.

We hope these tips have been helpful and that they help keep your data safe and secure. For

more tips on cybersecurity or to build your custom security plan today, call us at 210-495-1950 or visit the Contact Us tab on our website. Information in this article was gathered from Norton and CyberSN.