Many companies have quickly moved to home working without paying much attention to their security. We recommend that every business should hire a Computer Support Company to manage their companies cyber security.
If your software says it needs to be updated then there’s a reason for it. You might be thinking it’s because they have changed the layout of the software which will annoy you, and I agree, that might be part of the reason, but there’s probably some sort of security patch in that update that needs to be updated as well.
New viruses are found every single day. These will get updated to the software database and the only way for your computer to know about this is to update it. Ideally, you should set this to auto-update so that you don’t even have to think about it and it can update itself in the background.
Uninstall unnecessary software
It’s worth checking your PC every few months to see if you have any old software that you are not using. Chances are if you are not using it then it could become out of date and become vulnerable. Delete it if you are not using it.
Use a VPN
This is one of the best things you can do. A VPN acts as a secure connection between your computer and the network. This makes it harder for criminals to intercept the data that is being sent over the network. This should be a must if your employees are working in a public space such a coffee shop which can be a popular choice to hold meetings. The same goes for hotels or co-working areas.
Turn off automatic connections on your Wi-Fi
This might be annoying but there’s a chance you might connect to an unsecured network that you don’t want to connect to. Make it so that when you turn on your computer it’s up to you to choose where exactly it connects to.
Lock your computer
You can set your computer to automatically lock after a certain period of time but we think you should automatically lock your computer every time you walk away from the screen. I
Multi-factor authentication will ensure that even if someone guesses your password they will still need access to your mobile phone for the verification code to access the website/software.
Keep your mobile phone updated
Let’s not forget about your mobile phone. There’s probably more personal and company information on here than on your laptop. Emails, WhatsApp messages, Slack, etc. Everything can be done from your phone so don’t forget to keep it updated.
Following the above tips will help but if you need more help or just want to check you have the right security in place get in touch with a local cyber security expert.