MI613 Inc

Tips for working from home

MI613 Inc gives business tips for how to safely make the shift to work from home and some of the key pitfalls to watch out for.

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is a second layer of protection for your logins. When someone tries to login using your credentials, you will get notification on your phone. It is a security best practice to not rely just on passwords as passwords can be compromised.

Secure your router

Your router is the internet gateway and should be updated with current firmware and a secure password. Set up a guest network on your router so that visitors are restricted on their access to your network.

Be aware of the scams

Trend Micro reports In the last 3 months there has been a 70% increase in cyber crime activity. Look out for emails that have links to sites that look like Google and Microsoft. As well as emails that ask you to do something such as visit a site or click on a link. Watch out for Web Browser extensions that may be leaking your data to a third party.

Cyber Security Basics for work and home

Use long, complex, unique passwords

Make sure they are different for every site you log in to. Use a password manager that utilizes a multifactor login to store and generate passwords.

Separate home and work as much as possible

Use company issued laptops only for work and save home devices for social media and entertainment. Try to avoid forwarding work email to your personal email address.

Make sure all devices have endpoint protection (malware/antivirus)

Endpoints are any user devices that access the internet (laptops, mobile devices, tablets etc). For business working from a home environment, this protection should be enterprise grade and include email scanning.

Get a shredder

When working from home, you may be printing confidential work information and emails, as well as personal documents, that need to be disposed of safely. Confidential information should not be recycled without being shredded first.

Back up personal data to the cloud

Use tools that have cloud back ups to save data, such as GSuite or Microsoft OneDrive.

Use a VPN (virtual private network)

This is a service that allows you to have secure access information whether it is work related or personal confidential information.