We have created 5 cyber security tips for working from home that will ensure you stay cybersafe. Its December 2021 and those in the UK have been instructed by the government to work from home again. This poses some cyber security risks, but we are here to help. Depending on the industry, the percentage of people working from home can vary. According to the Office for National Statistics, the accommodation and food service industry have less then 10% working from home. However, scientific, technical, and information & communication industries are between 70-80% working from home. Whatever your industry, in this article we will be stating and elaborating on some of the key cyber security tips we believe will help.
Use Antivirus Software
Cyber criminals know that when you work from home there can be less protection than in the office. Therefore, criminals are taking advantage of this, but you can stay ahead of them by simply having an antivirus software on your computer. We would say this is one of the most effective cyber security tips. Cyber crime is estimated to have caused £1.2 billion in damages. An antivirus software will protect you from zero-day attacks, malware, spyware and viruses. It will also protect you from trojans, worms, phishing scams, including those sent by email. Most of these software’s will even automatically update itself, ensuring you stay on top of new and emerging cyber threats. They usually run in the background without you even knowing. Antivirus software is a must, and it is why it is the first on our list.
Ensuing that your operating systems and software applications are up to date is vital. Most modern software will update automatically unless you have instructed it to do otherwise. At Cambridge Support we would recommend that when you start working from home check that everything is up to date. Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in in your software and systems so its sensible to always check for updates and apply them. These updates fix security flaws in your system and help safeguard your data.
Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) introduces a further step into the process of accessing an account. It adds another layer and is another way to reduce cyber attacks. MFA depends on at least two methods for verifying someone’s identity before you can log into an account. When a user needs to log into their account, they will have MFA installed on their phone and a code will be sent to their phone. Then they are asked to type in their computer the code that was sent to their phone. This method stops hackers in their tracks because they would physically need your phone to access accounts on your computer.
Having MFA set up will not also safeguard you, but it will also take the burden off your IT team or your current IT support provider. It will help employees who are not trained in security less susceptible to cyber attacks. MFA is very easy and very simple to use, anyone can do it. If you need help with setting up MFA please contact us today and we will be happy to help with any cyber security tips.
Secure Your Home Wi-Fi
Your Wi-Fi network at home is an easy target for hackers if you do not have it secured. To strengthen your Wi-Fi networks security, you should create a strong unique password. Be sure to make a password that would be difficult for anyone to guess. You can access to do this by typing “192.168.1.1” into your browser. Here do this, do not use your name, home address or anything that could identify you. These simple and easy steps will safeguard you, your company, and your family from unwanted cyber attacks.
The last thing you want to a hacker spying on you. Webcam protection may not be on most people’s radar, but many laptops do not come with such protection. A simple and cheap way to resolve this is to by a sliding webcam cover. They only cost a few pounds from Amazon and can ensure you are not being spied on. If your webcam is separate from your computer, you should unplug it when it is not being used. When you are using your video on a conference online, you may want to use functions like the ‘blur background’ feature. This can prevent others seeing objectives in your room that may be sensitive to you. These cyber security tips will help safeguard you and your family while at home.
Lastly, we would say, don’t become disconnected. Use your Microsoft Teams of whichever platform you use to connect with your work colleagues. Be proactive in giving them a video call and have a 5-minute chat. This will help you not feel alone at home and lighten your mood.
How Cambridge Support Can Help
Cambridge Support are always just a ring away and we can guide you through your specific security risks. We can assess your current IT systems and practices and provide detailed solutions and helpful reporting. We have much experience in many security focused services. These include security audits, Microsoft 365 audits, penetration testing, Cyber Essentials, and more. Our partner URM Consulting have a FAQ page on Cyber Essentials, which will prove helpful. In addition we would be more than happy to assess your current IT security and determine if there are any areas for improvement.