Tips for staying secure while working from home

With many UK businesses working from home for the foreseeable future, our IT experts wanted to share their top tips on how you can keep your staff and sensitive data safe while remote working. 

Always install computer updates

Aside from banishing those annoying reminders that seem to pop-up every few minutes, installing all recommended updates and patches for your computer will help keep it secure by fixing bugs, out-of-date software and other vulnerabilities. 

Install antivirus and anti-malware tools 

Antivirus and anti-malware tools are designed to keep your computer safe from hackers and cybercriminals. Making sure you have them installed, and kept up to date (see the above tip), will seriously help reduce your risk of letting in potential threats. The IT services team at Treken will be able to point you in the right direction if you’re not sure which product is best for your needs. 

Delete unused software

We’ve all done it. Downloaded an exciting looking app or software package only to forget it exists a few days later. However, unused software isn’t being updated with security patches which leaves hackers free to enter your personal computer through the cracks. So, make sure to delete and uninstall any software you or your family aren’t using on a regular basis. 

Always use a secure VPN connection 

A virtual private network, or VPN, allows you to connect to your business’s network from home in a safe and secure way. The experienced Treken team can help you set up your VPN connection so all home workers can stay connected to on-site server resources securely. 

Don’t forget to lock your computer 

While working from home, it can be easy to forget this simple security trick but it’s important to remember to lock your computer whenever you step away from your desk. A curious child, inquisitive neighbour or unaware partner may otherwise gain access to confidential data. 

Use a password manager 

We all have lots of passwords to remember so it can be tempting to simply click ‘remember password’ on our browser whenever you sign in somewhere online. However, saving passwords in this way leaves makes it easier for hackers to gain access to your passwords, which is why we always recommend you use a password manager instead. 

Be wary of clicking links

Even when you’re at the office this is an important one to bear in mind. If you receive an email or visit a website that you’re not 100% sure you can trust, never click any links as these can lead off to unsavoury domains. A good tip is to hover your mouse over the link and carefully check the spelling of the domain. Imposters will often use clever spelling to trick you into clicking, for instance, using ‘rn’ instead of ‘m’. 

As working from home has become the ‘new normal’, ensuring your staff and data are secure is one of the top priorities for any business. At Treken, we specialise in ensuring remote working is smooth, secure and successful for every company through our range of specialist IT services, from setting up VPN connections to establishing virtual desktops to installing VoIP telephone systems. 

To find out more about how Treken can help you increase IT security please don’t hesitate to get in touch today on 01202 612333 or by completing and submitting our online contact form.