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How to stay safe working at home... and I don't mean from COVID.
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How to stay safe working at home... and I don't mean from COVID.

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Managing a network of users in the office is one thing. But now many offices have to support home working, network safety takes on a whole new dimension. If you have an I.T. team they will be all over this but if you look after tech as part of running the business this article may help.

The most important security measure of course is to provide good information and set some guidelines for working remotely. 

Cyber-attacks are so commonplace now that the first thing to do is to ensure that if staff are using personal devices to connect to your network their machine is clean and has current anti-virus software installed.  

  • The most important thing businesses can do to protect their data is to regularly backup, 2 or 3 times a day if necessary. Restoring from backup is the only real solution for instance when infected by ransomware.  Cloud based backups are best because the backup service isn’t compromised by the attack.
  • Use cloud-based services such as a Hosted Desktop These offer added protection because:
    • No data is held on the user’s PC, so if the PC is wiped by ransomware it can simply be rebuilt/replaced without too much impact on the business
    • The service will be fully managed so hosted desktops will be patched, have Anti-Virus, and backed up
    • The service will have enterprise level systems to keep their networks secure so less reliance on remote workers keeping their home networks secure.
  • Provide home workers with laptops/desktops to use when working from home, and ensure these are configured without the user having local administrator rights, and also configured for automatic updates
  • Use cloud-based managed antivirus software so that you can monitor the status of anti-virus on devices when they may or may not be on your network, and get alerts if infections are detected so you can take action.
  • Everyone should use password managers so that they can have long super complex strong passwords containing upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters that are much harder for hackers to guess.
  • Always use different passwords, never the same password for more than one site or service.
  • Use Multi Factor Authentication for all your online services if possible. Also known as Two Factor Authentication, this uses something the user has, such as their smartphone or landline, as well as something they know like their password.
  • Use Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to connect to online services to protect data in transit over the internet
  • Only use online services that connect via HTTPS i.e. they use end to end encryption to hide data over the internet.
  • Did I mention, Back up your data!

Do you have the right tools to set your team up to work effectively? Contact us for advice and an I.T review that will help meet your needs and improve productivity. 

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