Work Safely at Home


Working at home, or using internet or email while at home can present many risks.  However, many of these risks can be mitigated with the application of a few ‘good practice’ security measures, and a degree of common sense!

Using your home computer:

If you work at home predominantly on your ‘home’ PC, then at the very least you should consider updating, improving or upgrading your anti-virus and anti-spyware safeguards.  If you access your office network, or VPN via your home PC, then protecting your office passwords and access codes from spyware or key-logging programs that may be lurking on your home PC will be critical.  The risk of inadvertently passing viruses from your home PC into your work environment is also present, so good protection safeguards at home should be considered a ‘must have’.

Using your work laptop at home:

Using an office PC or laptop at home could be considered as a more secure option for home working, providing of course your business has implemented the ‘best practice’ IT security policies discussed elsewhere on this site.

As we have already seen, there are potentially significant risks involved in transporting office equipment and critical business data between locations and you should refer to sections on data protection, passwords and physical security to ensure that you are incorporating the safest practices and precautions.

Kids & the internet!

You don’t need us to tell you that your home is probably an entirely different environment to your office.  If you have children – or other ‘guests’ in the house who may decide to take an interest in your laptop or PC - then it would be good practice to add (at the very least) some form of screen-saver password protection, to ensure that your machine can only be used by you and – critically – none of your security settings can be changed or the integrity of your machine compromised while you are out of the room.  Don’t laugh – it happens every day and while any damage is usually repairable, you may not always be so lucky!

For more practical advice on safe computing at home visit Get Safe Online.

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