Secure remote working - User Guide

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Claranet Cyber Security – Quick read checklist for Secure Remote Working Secure remote working Hundreds of thousands of us are now working from home and, thankfully, most experience no security issues. Nevertheless, working remotely means we all need to take extra responsibility for security. The likelihood of an attack is greater, usually a phishing email, and the expensive defensive measures at the office are not there to protect us. Here are some simple steps we can employ to ensure we remain secure when working remotely: Using your own PC or laptop? If you are using a device supplied by your employer, then you will probably already have antivirus software. If not, and you are using your own device, you must make sure that you keep your antivirus up-to-date. If you are running Windows, Microsoft Defender is a perfectly good option and there are several free versions available on the internet. Additionally, many legacy Windows operating systems are now out of support so may become vulnerable. Ensure a minimum OS v ersion is being used. XP and Windows 7 should no longer be used, for example. Public Wi - Fi Where possible, do not use public Wi-Fi. If you must use public Wi-Fi, ensure you use a VPN to prevent eavesdroppers from stealing your data. Use strong passwords Do not use the same password for everything. Password reuse is the first thing that an attacker will look out for. Using the same password for all your social media access as well as banking and network login means if the attacker finds this out, they have the keys to the kingdom. Free password managers like Lastpass can greatly simplify your life by generating a different complex password for each system you use whilst storing them all securely and automating your login. 2 Factor Authentication or Multi Factor Authentication Multi factor authentication, using text messages, biometrics or pin codes that are generated for you, will protect you if your password is stolen. There are lots of free ones - Google Authenticator for example - that can be used.

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