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Cyber Security Tips to Stay Safe and Secure While Working from Home

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Working remotely is now the new normal for many people that used to commute into an office each day. In the United States, statistics show that now over 4.7 million people work remotely at least half of the time. According to some estimates, this number could dramatically increase each year to a projected 36 million people working from home by 2025

With many companies at least adopting hybrid models of remote and office work, keeping cyber security tight is a top priority. The threat of hacking and other malicious virtual activity becomes more serious as the number of remote workers increases. 

Home environments don’t typically have the right level of security and safeguarding practices that your office environment has—which means new risks for you and your company’s information.

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Here are some tips to stay safe and secure while working from home.

Password Safety

Prioritizing password safety is even more important when you’re working from home, or anywhere outside of the office. When reconsidering your password strength and safety, think about the following questions:

  • Are you using a strong password that contains a mixture of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and special characters?
  • Are you using a different password for every account?
  • Are you changing your passwords every few months?
  • Are you making sure you aren’t auto-saving passwords on shared devices?

The answer to all of those questions should be a resounding “yes!” 

Over 60% of cybersecurity attacks are the result of weak, default, or stolen passwords. Doing your part to make sure you have regularly changed, strong passwords will help you stay secure while working from home.

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Secure Wireless Network Connection

One of the most important things to do to keep yourself safe while working remotely is to ensure that your home wireless network is secure. You can enhance your Wi-Fi security by:

  • Changing the name of your Wi-Fi network to something other than “[Your Name]’s Wi-Fi.
  • Stay on top of software and security updates.
  • Use a strong password for your router settings.
  • Enable network encryption.

 

Antivirus Software

Installing antivirus software on your home computer is one of our top cyber security tips. Good antivirus software will take care of viruses, trojans, spyware, phishing scams, and more—allowing you to focus on doing your job.

Covered Webcam

We’re using our webcams more than ever before with remote working, which means our webcams are constantly in use. With that comes risk, since hackers can often easily access your webcam and invade your privacy without permission.

If your webcam is separate from your computer, make sure it is unplugged after each use. Do you have a built-in camera on your computer or laptop? Invest in a sliding camera cover like the ones listed here.

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Contact CMIT Solutions of Seattle Today

Worrying about cyber security and safety while working remotely shouldn’t be distracting you from doing your best work. CMIT Solutions of Seattle can step in and take some of that pressure off your plate—so you can focus on your job.

At CMIT Solutions of Seattle, we help small and medium-sized businesses keep their information safe and process secure, no matter where they’re operating from. We review data backup, remotely monitor IT infrastructures, and provide 24/7 IT maintenance and user support.

Contact us today and let’s get started!

 

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