10 Security Tips for Working Remotely

Jack Pringle
Mar 16 · 1 min read

Consider what additional risks you may face in the event you are working without a net(work), or at least in a different environment.

  1. Use strong, unique passwords (preferably passphrases) for all your computer devices and online accounts. Consider a password manager.
  2. Set your devices, (including your smartphone), to lock after a short time, and require a passcode to unlock them.
  3. Patch and update all your software, applications, and operating systems regularly.
  4. Enable and employ multi-factor authentication wherever possible.
  5. Use a virtual private network (VPN) to access your employer’s network, and if you have to use public Wi-Fi.
  6. Don’t save documents on your computers and devices.
  7. Never click links in emails or texts that appear to come from your bank or any other institution. Always login to your accounts directly.
  8. Consider encrypting or protecting sensitive information you send over the Internet.
  9. Backup information contained on all of your devices, (especially if you plan to ignore #6), and test your backups.
  10. You are a line of defense (a security layer) against hackers and your own mistakes. Always be skeptical on the Internet, and with emails and attachments.

For more, SANS Securing the Human has a comprehensive Work-From-Home Deployment Kit.

Jack Pringle

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Litigator, appellate advocate, regulatory and information technology attorney @adamsandreese, Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US)

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