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Keeping Remote Work Secure Beyond the Current Crisis

Install Updates Regularly
Particularly if you work from a computer that you don’t normally go out for work operations. Check that all updates, patches for Microsoft and other programs you use are regularly at the latest version available.

I know it’s a boring operation, and how easy it is to click on the “Remind me later” button. However, old software exposes itself to several vulnerabilities, and if you don’t fix them, you give hackers an easy assist.

Protect your data. Keep them safe by making sure your software is up to date.

It also updates your anti-virus and anti-malware tools
These tools are designed to reduce risk and keep your computer safe from cybercriminals attacking your business data.

If you use a home computer for your work and do not have a paid antivirus and antimalware solution, ask your IT technician for help in installing authorized and approved corporate security software to use while working remotely.

Uninstall unnecessary programs
Uninstall programs your family isn’t using. By removing unwanted or unused programs, you generally reduce the risk of attacks.

Always use a VPN
A VPN is an invaluable tool for remote working. It will allow you to connect to your corporate network securely and help keep cybercriminals out.

Separate your network
Whenever possible, connect your computer to a different network than your home network.

Lock your computer
When you’re not using your computer, just like in the office, lock your computer to prevent family, friends, and maybe even the kids next door from accessing your company data.

Use multi-factor authentication
Multi-factor authentication is an additional layer of security for your applications and accounts. When you log in using multi-factor authentication, you are sent a code (usually on your mobile phone) to gain access. This means that even if your password has been compromised, your accounts are still protected.

Do not save passwords on the browser
Avoid saving passwords in your browser as they can be easily compromised.

Sacrifice convenience to avoid a security incident and data loss.

Ask your IT technician to secure the DNS settings on your computer
It will suggest a tool you can use on your home computer that will help prevent you from accidentally going to the wrong places.

Configure the Browser securely
Google Chrome extensions can be a hotbed of computer viruses. It is better not to use them at all.

If you really need them, make sure the ones you aren’t using are uninstalled. If you’re not sure how to do this, ask your IT technician.

In general: Be careful!
As always, pay particular attention to links and attachments in emails. You don’t know how many victims they make every day.

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