When working from home

When working remotely, it’s important to stick to the same cyber safety guidelines as though you were in the office. With the FBI warning an uptick in cybercrime due to the coronavirus, keep a watchful eye while working online from home.

Use strong passwords

Passwords for Wi-Fi and work accounts should be unique and tough to crack. Start with a special phrase that is at least 12 characters. Incorporate uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Avoid including personal information, and don’t use the same password for everything.

Double up on security

Multi-factor authentication gives your work accounts an extra layer of security. This feature requires you to confirm your identity by way of another device when logging in somewhere new. Also consider requiring a password for online video conference calls.

Updates matter

Install the latest updates for all devices, programs and apps, which typically include improved security measures. Where possible, opt for automatic updates.

If your company does not use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), consider investing in your own. This software secures your network to reduce your risk of a hack. Popular services include NordVPN and ExpressVPN.