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Tips to work from home safely during Covid-19

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With more of us returning to working from home in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have created out top tips to work from home safely.

Many employers have a great office-based set-up, and employees have web safety drilled into them, but both employer and employee could become vulnerable from the comfort of the home office space. Here are a few of our tips to work from home safely, that may well be the difference between your business being vulnerable to a phishing attack and staying cyber safe.

Ensuring your security procedures are up-to-date and frequent are key ways to instantly prop up any weak spots across your website. These can include all the latest security patches, which protect against new vulnerabilities that arise as a result of cyber criminals finding flaws within your systems. Areas that should be looked at frequently are; website hosting, shopping cart and content management software.

As mentioned, many of us are no longer solely office-based, the new normal taking employees out of the office and forcing many to make do with working from home. While it could be easy to slack in training, at this difficult time, it is important this is still maintained, employers need to let their staff know of the latest methods scammers are using to cause data breaches. This can be issued through direct awareness, in regular company communications, but also security training – don’t have all your security software bang up to date and then allow an employee opening an errant email allow nefarious types into your systems.

Similar to the above, many breaches can be caused by an employee casually browsing the web on their lunch breaks or while off-the-clock. Whether it’s online shopping or checking the latest news updates, someone’s guard may be down and before they know it they’ve let in an intruder. One way to eradicate this, is to block potentially problematic websites. It might cause frustration among staff, but it could save a bigger headache if a breach were to occur as a result of careless browsing.

Emails were often the primary form of communication for many, even before the move from office to home. Therefore, it is incredibly important they are kept watertight and don’t let in any cyber criminals. Spam filters are an effective first line of defence against phishing attacks as part of a wider exhaustive email security solution. A well-managed email security system will go a long way to helping an employee navigate the tricky world of phishing emails and spam communications. Many spam filters can identify an email with malware ingrained within it, looking out for key signifiers like a blank sender field and poorly copied company logos.

If you require any further tips to work from home safely, get in touch with us today via phone on 01283 753 333 or email at hello@neuways.com.

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