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Protecting Yourself While Working From Home

Oct 30, 2020
Posted by: Stearns Bank

Working from home wasn’t a new concept before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States in March 2020.

But it has become more prevalent as many companies continue restructuring the workplace to protect their employees from exposure to the virus.

And, as more employees are working from home, they are relying on their own internet connection more than they ever have.

Even though most home internet connections are secure, there are still precautions that must be taken.

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are some simple tips to keep your personal and business data secure.

  • Secure Your WiFi Network – Your wireless router is an easy way for cyber thieves to go after your connected devices (i-Pads, phones, laptops, etc.). You can secure your network by changing the factory-set default username and password. Visit the National Security Agency’s cybersecurity information page to learn more.
  • Double Your Log-In Protection – Multi-factor authentication (MFA) ensures that the only person who can get into your account is you. You can use MFA for your social media, bank and email accounts and any other website that you log into often. Make sure to use a personal device, like your phone, with an authenticator app to secure MFA.
  • Update Your Software – Always make sure your devices have the latest security software and operating system. If you haven’t clicked on all your updates lately, do so right away. Always be sure to scan for viruses and malware and be sure to back up any data that can be used against you by a cybercriminal.
  • Be Careful With Your Apps – You may have unknowingly downloaded an app on your phone or i-Pad. If any suspicious applications are running in the background, your personal information could be accessed without your knowledge. Go into your apps and use the “rule of least privilege” to delete and get rid of anything you don’t use. Remember, saying “no” to privilege requests usually makes a lot of sense. Only download apps from vendors and sources you can trust.
  • Never Enter Secure Data – Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and private passwords are things you should never enter on a suspicious website or application. Even things like your full name, address, birthday and vacation plans should be kept off social media. Disable your location services that allow anyone to see where you are. Always be on guard because someone could be tracking your movements and take advantage of your valuable personal information.