Cybersecurity in a Work-From-Home Environment

As more people start working from home, cybercriminals exploit this opportunity to target both companies and individuals. It’s important to be able to identify scams and protect your at-home network and personal accounts so you don’t fall victim.

Steps you can take to be safe at home:

  • Ensure your WiFi connection is secure. To get started, make sure you need a password to access your WiFi and as with all passwords, make sure it is not easy to guess. Take these other basic steps to secure your wireless network, opens a new window.
  • Use strong passwords. Use a mix of letters, numbers, symbols and uppercase and lowercase letters. Use password tricks, opens a new window to help you remember your password and/or use a password manager like LastPass, opens a new window.
  • Keep your devices and software up to date. The most secure device/software is an up-to-date one. Read 5 Reasons Why Software Updates and Patches are Important, opens a new window.
  • Beware of scammers. Phishing scams are getting more legitimate looking and can trick you into thinking an email or text is from someone you know and trust. They might even use scare tactics to get you to click on links and unknowingly share personal information, like passwords and social security numbers. The Federal Trade Commission provides good information on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams, opens a new window and how to report them. The best tip for protecting yourself against phishing scams is don’t ever click on suspicious links or open any attachments.

Additional steps you can take:

Other things to be aware of:

What tips do you have to share to help others stay safe from cybercriminals?