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Protecting Your Home Network

May 27, 2020

It is possible that “working from home” will continue even after the Stay in Place restrictions are lifted.  As businesses take extra precautions to keep employees safe and distanced from others, certain businesses are discovering an actual office may not be needed to run their operations.  In fact, not only can it save the business money in the form of lower expenses, it may also be the preferred arrangement for employees who prefer a shorter commute and the comfort of their home.

Working from home does present its own risks though, including the vulnerability of company data and data breaches.  In times like these, it is important to ensure your home network is safe and secure for your personal and business uses.

For Home Networks, it is important to check and apply software updates regularly.  Make sure your hardware is  also  up  to  date  with  the  latest  security features, and upgrade if necessary.  It is also important to update your usernames and passwords, using only “strong” passwords that are not easily guessed.

For Computers and Mobile Devices, it is recommended to run regular updates for your operating system and other applications.  This includes making sure your antivirus software is updated and running properly.  Also use multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication will send a separate code to your mobile device upon login so that two codes are required for access.

Data security is more important now than ever. Increased usage and higher risk of scammers trying to take advantage of the current situation make home network security a risk management priority.