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7 tips to make remote work more secure

We’ve heard and read about remote work, with more frequency since the beginning of last year, about its pros and cons, tips and tricks to stay motivated, to improve productivity or even, for how to switch off work afterhours. But today, we want to talk about something just as, or even more important than everything listed above: Security. 

 

Here’s how to work remotely with more security

 

A woman working from home1. Pick the right workplace

Make sure you are at a private, silent place, if you’re working from home this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re working from a coffee shop or a public space you might want to keep this in mind. 

When you’re in a meeting, be sure no one can eavesdrop. Even if you’re using a headset, people could still overhear your voice.

 

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2. Lock your devices

If you have to walk away from your work area, do not leave anything out in the open, lock your devices so no one can make bad use of your company’s information.

 

 

Wi-Fi lock, secure connection, Team Venti3. Secure your connection

If you’re working from home, make sure your Wi-Fi is encrypted with WPA-2, and if you need to access on-premises servers, use a VPN to connect to your company’s network.

 

 

 

Secure your data, authentication,Team Venti4. Secure your data

In case your device gets accessed or stolen, you want your information to be as secured as possible. Use strong authentication (such as Microsoft Hello) and multi-factor authentication (PIN and password, or password and fingerprint/facial scan). 

This way, they might have access to the device, but not to your data.

 

Use complex, long, easy-to-remember passwords5. Use complex, long and easy-to-remember passwords

When it comes to passwords, you want them to be at least 12 characters long, do not use simple English words, pet names or birthdays 

It has to be long and complex, but easy to remember, you can choose a quote from your favorite book, song lyric or movie. 

 

Secure cloud location, Team Venti6. Use secure cloud locations

Using secure cloud locations such as SharePoint or OneDrive, you’ll be able to access your data even if your device is lostgets stolen or if it gets infected by a ransomware. 

 

 

Antimalware, Team Venti7. Stay alert for phishing emails and phone calls 

Lawbreakers often try to take advantage of uncertainty, be aware of emails and phone calls that appear to be from authorities or company officersthey usually contain suspicious links or ask for private information. 

Be prepared with an antimalware (such as Microsoft Defender Antivirus) actively running.  

 

Remote work is part of our new normality, stay alert and be aware, security’s always first. To read more tips on how to work from home more securely, click here. 

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