How safe are your processes when working from home?

Security. It’s a word that resonates both in our home life as well as our workplace. In these unprecedented times, the two have come together in a way no one could have foreseen.

As many of us continue to work from home, ‘cyber security’  is something we all suddenly need to be even more aware of, especially without the usual IT resources available to assist or guide.

Below are 6 top tips which we hope will help you be as secure at home as you are in the office:

1. Change passwords regularly (if your password policy permits). They should be strong (not Password123 etc) and avoid using the same password for multiple services to protect from hacks to your various accounts.

2. Any devices you use to conduct business-related actions should have up-to-date Malware / Anti-Virus installed with regular updates.

3. Any devices should be up to date with the latest software available for your device.

4. If you have a WiFi router supplied by your broadband supplier, consider changing the default router password as well as the SSID (name of the WiFi Network) and password.

5. Using public WiFi is a risk when conducting any activity on your devices and should be avoided if you can. It leaves you open to considerable risk of hacking.

6. Be aware of “Phishing” emails. These are emails that appear to be from your banks, payment providers, social media accounts etc. and are often VERY convincing.  If in doubt, contact the company concerned using the Number / contact details you USUALLY use, not the ones provided in the potentially fraudulent email.

Security is where cloud solutions come into their own. If you’d like to know more, catch up on our recent series of blogs looking at the role of cloud technology in payment processing, contingency planning and remote working.

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